African Diva Project
Through May 30, 2014
Inspired by cover art by popular music, Margaret Rose Vendreyes recreated LP covers by black female solo artists. Each square canvas is modeled after a 12″ LP cover featuring a full- figure portrait of a popular black female soloist. Each wears an African mask, chosen for its character and/or aesthetic compatibility to her image, painted on paper, and applied to the canvas in the place of her face. In Africa, masks (many depicting powerful female deities or ancestors) are danced almost exclusively by men. I give these dynamic female performers agency and protection replacing their psychological mask with a literal one. Songs… messages that once rose out of vinyl channels, like black magic, are inscribed in the space that surrounds them. The series includes 33 1/3 paintings.
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