i’m jealous of amy sherald

Oh, the stunning portraits of Baltimore based artist Amy Sherald… beautiful, strange, and insanely vibrant. To understand where this work comes from, I’ve got a chunk of Amy’s artist statement for you to read:

“The scope of my experiences involving race materialized from my upbringing in the south. While attending private schools and being one of two or three black children, I was raised to be conscious of how I acted, spoke and dressed. This performing aspect of my identity was cultivated from the beginning of my schooling. I learned this was the key to my social acceptance and assimilation. Drawing from these experiences, I am engaging from a personal perspective with the desire to extrapolate meaning on how identity is both constructed and performed within political, social, economic and cultural spheres.”

{Thanks to my friend Jen for reminding me about Amy’s work – so good.}

comments (7)

  1. Mary Gaspar /// 05.01.2013 /// 6:48am

    Really incredible. SO vibrant and provocative. LOVE.

  2. Ana /// 05.01.2013 /// 8:51am

    So strong. So strong.

    The play of saturated and unsaturated colours makes the whole image extremely vibrant.

  3. Tin Roof Press /// 05.02.2013 /// 2:47am

    damn. i’m jealous too.

  4. annton /// 05.02.2013 /// 3:26am

    I am always stunned by your selections, but this time, you hit a certain spot. I can so relate to these pieces, it almost hurts. thank you for opening that door.

  5. Tracy /// 05.02.2013 /// 7:09am

    Thank you so much for having such an awesome blog! I love being introduced to new artists! I just bought a house and sadly and working all the time to afford it! So I have very little time and thus love the exposure your blog brings! I appreciate this artist, Amy! Amazing how it’s so graphic and yet emits so much humanity!

    Thank you too for showcasing artists who I can actually afford – I loved so many that were featured on Emily’s site!

    Keep on keepin on! đŸ™‚ T

  6. the jealous curator /// 05.02.2013 /// 7:53am

    oh, thanks so much tracy! (wait til you see next tuesday’s post on emily’s site… it’s a good one!) ; )

  7. Jen /// 05.04.2013 /// 4:52am

    One day: Girl Crush Baltimore! Then you and Amy can meet in person. How cool would that be?

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