Studio Sixty Six
Black Woman #4 ("The uses of the erotic.") I

Black Woman #4 ("The uses of the erotic.") I


Mixed media

Edition of 5

Framed, glass optional

8" x 10" / 20.32cm x 25.4cm 

Artist's Insight:
“The uses of the erotic”, borrows from Audre Lorde’s essay of the same name, which describes the erotic as a  “measure between the beginnings of our sense of self and the chaos of our strongest feelings.” The naked black female body is one that is fraught with multiple meanings, and often subject to hypersexualization and fetishization, making it difficult to reclaim. The overlay of poems exploring themes of sensuality, desire, and love (both love for others and for one’s self) suggest that by embracing the power of the erotic, the black woman can reclaim both her body and sexuality, but also achieve a greater level of self-actualization.