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Joyce Owens

Revealed: Truths and Myths #7 (2016)

Artwork Type
One of a kind
Dimensions
24x24 in
Techniques
Acrylic
Support or surface
Canvas , Mounted on Stretcher frame
Framing
No
This figure is inspired by an insight I had about Renaissance era portraits of rich merchant's wives and daughters that found their way into the collections of major museums around the world. They also became the marker for determining who is beautiful. People of African descent were shown, if at all, as servants. So I made figure "wear" a black face to imagine if she had been painted by a major artist, and later been acquired by a major museum. Then, I propose people of color would have been considered...
This figure is inspired by an insight I had about Renaissance era portraits of rich merchant's wives and daughters that found their way into the collections of major museums around the world. They also became the marker for determining who is beautiful. People of African descent were shown, if at all, as servants. So I made figure "wear" a black face to imagine if she had been painted by a major artist, and later been acquired by a major museum. Then, I propose people of color would have been considered beautiful, too, as the women who were the subjects of original Renaissance paintings. They had the good fortune to have wealthy husbands or fathers who wanted to show off his wealth by having his family documented in expensive clothes and jewelry.
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