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Joyce Owens

Revealed Truths and Myths IV (2006)

Artwork Type
Original Art
Dimensions
20.5x17 in
My idea was to put a black face on a Renaissance painting to illustrate that the white aesthetic originates (and is perpetuated) through art. That if African Americans are not shown in positive visual images, in paintings, photographs and movies, etc. we will not exist in history except as how others choose to represent us.

The Renaissance inspired figure wears an African mask. What if African culture were as revered internationally as European culture and its imagery? Would people of the African...
My idea was to put a black face on a Renaissance painting to illustrate that the white aesthetic originates (and is perpetuated) through art. That if African Americans are not shown in positive visual images, in paintings, photographs and movies, etc. we will not exist in history except as how others choose to represent us.

The Renaissance inspired figure wears an African mask. What if African culture were as revered internationally as European culture and its imagery? Would people of the African Diaspora be acceptedas the standard for beauty?
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