Title: Hazel | Series: Muse of Mule (c. 2020)
✖️Title: Hazel | Series: Muse of Mule (Mulatto/Mulatta - Latin origin mulus, meaning mule). The series will expand on experiences as a mixed (black/white) American and also how race classifications contrast from country/ethnicity to color descriptions. (I.e. black, white, Asian, Latino, etc.) This series is focused on the contrast of race, authenticity and identity with monochromatic side lighting contrasts giving the illusion, intentionally, of two faces/identities. ➕ Dimensions: 24Wx30Lx1.5D” inches. Acrlyic, pencil, soft pastel on stretched canvas. Pricing includes shipping in US and natural wood floater frame. Please inquire about frame. ➕ In an oppressed world, often we are suppressed from being our authentic self. For me, it’s race. Everyday I am reminded of my race. Growing up and in adulthood, when filling out my race on a form or job application, I would read: White, Black, Hispanic, Asian, Other. I didn’t know, so I always checked white and black (I’m biracial) to be told I could only select one 🥺. That messed me up! Society seems to live with this expectation that things are black and white. When really, things seems to remain in a constant form of grey with moments of black and white. In terms of race, blacks and whites have a history of identity and culture but black people do have identity in self and THE RIGHT to authenticity of their ethnicity and culture. For years, I cut my hair short (and I know many who straightened their hair). Thought I needed to be successful in a white mans world. That the world saw me as black or white and in American, in Iowa, being more “proper” or carrying characteristics that were comfortable for white environments is actually so damaging. Idk but for me, getting a DNA test and knowing more about my African ethnicity, identity and connection back to specific countries, regions and tribes changed my life as a black American. Later this year, I’ll be paying for one of my followers to have @africanacestry conduct a dna screening.