Mixed Media painting. Represents Black men equally as beautiful as a butterfly. Their unique experiences and dynamic personalities are beautiful. Rarely are Black men able to be free in American Society. Black Men are Beautiful is its complimentary piece. They face one another and run toward the other.
Black Butterfly II and Black Men Are Beautiful: represents Black women and men equally as beautiful as a butterfly. Their unique experiences and dynamic personalities are beautiful.
Depicting them as butterflies is intended to offset the negative portrayal of Black women only being strong/angry, inanimate goddesses, over sexulaized, or caretaker; and the negative portrayal of Black men as over sexualized, brute, violent and hard.
These paintings are intended to feature the full human experience of black men and women as tender, beautiful, sensitive, as whole humans and able to live freely without oppression.
The two paintings are intended to face one another and run toward each other representing uninhibited love, compassion, vulnerability and connection. Materials include acrylic paint, wood, mesh, glass, wire, bamboo paper and plastic.