By: April Sunami

For well over a decade I have painted the subject of women with fanciful hair and/or body coverings over and over. Utilizing the same subject repeatedly has afforded me a consistent framework to explore a myriad of ideas that  mostly pertain to the representation of women of color and the portrayal of women as active and powerful subjects.I render the faces and flesh of my subjects in oil and I use acrylic to paint the ground palette of the body, clothes, and background. To build texture I use everything including paper beads, maps, wood, fabric, broken mirrors, bullets, stones, breakaway glass from car accidents, and anything else I acquire. In most instances these objects that I use in my paintings come to represent specific themes in my work such as personal identity, spirituality, history and mythology of the African diaspora. In this piece I wanted to show the connection between people and larger universe. This painting is meant to evoke an ideal of love, peace, hope and beauty found in all things.

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