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Collage: Paint, Photo, Acrylic, Black & White, Paper on Wood.
Note: This artwork has exhibited at two museums (Reece Museum, Tennessee, and Marietta Cobb Museum) in juried exhibitions and was featured in an online magazine article (The Hood: Bedtime Stories, Emmett Till and FDR” by Khadiah Abdurahman; published May 31, 2018.
Harlem Baby: My Lord What a Morning is a mixed media narrative collage that documents the experience, tragedies and resilience of African Americans in what the artist calls “performance collage.” The artist spent several years piecing the artwork together, however, at the height of the Black Lives Matter movement in 2016, she was moved to complete this artwork and submitted it for exhibition.
As the viewer’s eye travels around the implied performance, the eye decides between the boy in the top left corner with tribal paint on his face and the baby in the bottom right hand corner. The baby in the right hand corner of the picture is the actual baby picture of the artist. (Ironically, Lisa Whittington’s baby picture closely resembles the cherubs in Raphaels Sistine Madonna. The artist was born in Harlem, hence the name in the title “Harlem Baby”. ) Harlem Baby is in deep thought and talking to God about the experience of African Americans since they were brought by force to America. Harlem Baby also knows that a few hundred years is just one morning to God. In the narrative, the artist symbollically chronicles a cycle of historic events that have been tragic and separated the Black family. And hidden-- in the center of it all-- hiding-- is a white racist cop with a gun. Lisa Whittington has decoded the symbols in this artwork on her website blog. In addition, she created a short film, showing on her website that dramatizes the artwork in animated, Ken Burns style.
The artist created a sister artwork --“After Saturday Night Comes Sunday” that is currently being decoded and submitted for juried exhibition.
This artwork is traditionally framed and waiting for the right investor and collector who will continue the work of preserving and exhibiting African American history through art.
Artist featured by Saatchi Art in a collection