Thursday, May 11, 2006

Artist Renee Cox portrays the plight of African American women. Yo Mama, a photograph taken in 1993, illustrates a slender and muscular black woman. She is naked and appears to be strong and powerful; she holds an infant in her arms as she stares intentionally into the viewer's eyes. The artist sought to capture the lingering horrors among African American families that stem from slavery and the separation from loved ones. African American family ties are notably strong today, as the illustration portrays (Source: Chicago, Judy and Lucie-Smith, Edward.
Women and Art: Contested Territory. The Ivy Press Limited, 1999.).