The Golliwogs series of oil paintings on printed paper is so personal to me, because of how they originated.
I was called “golliwog’ on a street in London and then started painting golliwog images on historical prints to disrupt the status quo, create space for (re)thinking history and race, and to reclaim cultural narratives.
As recently shown at SRISA Gallery, in Florence, Italy.
Enjoy and let me know what you think.
Such a pleasure to share photographs from the Opere show.
Sunshine, friendship and love.
The GOLLY! exhibition at SRISA Florence has now closed.
GOLLY! reflected on the ways in which the personal can construct profound narratives about collectivity and the collective can provide flattened or fragile notions of individuality.
The works exhibited were a mash up of my abstract paintings and pattern based works dedicated to the minstrel like Golliwogs; the former, a meditation on my Midwest upbringing, of quilting and of distant geographies and, the latter, a grappling with a form of ownership and active detachment of stereotypes from their human implications.
A big Thank You! to everyone who came and for all the feedback!
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