Date of Award
Thesis and Dissertation
Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
School of Art
My studio practice explores themes of identity derived from the basic question of Langston Hughes, What does it mean to be a Black artist? My artwork draws from memory, Black Feminist literature, along with the aesthetics of the African diaspora and the Black Arts Movement. In this essay, I reexamine childhood experiences in my mother's hair salon; beauty rituals of U.S. Black women; and the consuming male gaze in Western art to explain how these influences manifest in the artwork of Black-\`BLAK\.
Keys, Venise, "Black - \`blak\" (2016). Theses and Dissertations. 511.