Originally from Memphis. I have exhibited my work at Playhouse on the Square, Germantown Performing Arts Center, WKNO’s Gallery 10, DeltaARTS in West Memphis, the Memphis College of Art and artist market events with the Memphis Arts Collective and Crosstown Arts. My work may be found year round at BIngham & Broad, 2563 Broad Ave., Memphis. This is my third Nasty Women show to be a participant.
I consider myself a sort of citizen scientist and space nerd and this piece combines a lot of those interests–the idea of Africa as the Cradle of Humankind, the stars and constellations in our nighttime skies, and the space photographs made by the Hubble space telescope. The scene inside the facial portion of this piece is my interpretation of a small magellanic cloud photograph by the Hubble telescope. The colors around the figure are derived from the colors within that scene and the stars in the African American woman’s hair are created by glitter. It’s also very cool to note that we are made up of many of the elements that make up stars!
The image inside her face silhouette is my interpretation of one of the small magellanic clouds as it was photographed by the Hubble space telescope. The geometric color forms around her are pulled from the interior face colors and there is a sprinkling of silver glitter in the hair that represent our night stars. It was very cool that I found some info on Wikipedia after I had completed the painting about the Magellanic Clouds: “The Magellanic Clouds have been known since ancient times by indigenous people from South America and Africa, and from the first millenium in Western Asia.” https://en.wikipedia.org/
I enjoy participating in the Nasty Women exhibitions because it gives me an opportunity to show work that can be critical of issues that affect women (but also others) and work that is also inspiring to women (and others!).
The word ‘nasty’ continues to be used by our president to describe women who don’t back down and who stand up for what they believe in. So, it’s also pretty cool to ‘own’ the word nasty and wear it as a badge of honor.