Curiosity Rising
Curiosity Rising

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Oshun
Oshun
Invocation
Invocation
Abyssinian Dawn
Abyssinian Dawn
Nile Watching
Nile Watching
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Natural Figurative

 

Some of my paintings depict women who are strong or sensual individuals. Two such paintings are my pieces called "Oshun" and "Meditation." These paintings attempt to redefine the racial standards for beauty and sensuality. Oshun is derived from legendary tales of the Yoruban deity of Nigeria.  The pose of the "Oshun" is derived from a 20th century American nude “flapper” model.  American flappers were usually white and often considered icons of allure and glamor. So the painting Oshun not only questions Western beauty standards, it defiantly places the religion of Voodun at the forefont of a separate discussion on religious legitimacy and racial implications.