40" x 48"
Oil pastels and acrylic. "
"So long unmirrored we have forgotten how we look". Ever since I read it, this quote has been stuck in my head. "Unmirroring" represents the struggle of black female subjectivity against the distortion of the dominant culture. It is losing sight of ones self following a lifetime of objectification and misrepresentation. The simplest way I could think of visualizing that feeling was to take a photo that I had commissioned and posed for, and distort it. The piece explores both the act of posing —the curated self— and the distortion that nonetheless occurs.
Special thanks to Montreal-based Spencer Edwards for the original photograph.