Floor Scrapers, 1875
Njideka Akunyili Crosby-A Nigerian Visual Artist
Njideka Akunyili Crosby“My art addresses my internal tension between my deep love for Nigeria, my country of birth, and my strong appreciation for Western culture, which has profoundly influenced both my life and my art. I use my art as a way to negotiate my seemingly contradictory loyalties to both my cherished Nigerian culture that is currently eroding and to my white American husband. Most of the Nigerian traditions I experienced growing up are quickly disappearing due to the permeation of Western culture and the ensuing opinion that being ”too Nigerian” is uncool. I feel dismayed by Nigerians’ unquestioningly valuing anything Western as superior however, my awareness of this problem does not exempt me from it – indeed, I question whether this mentality played a part in my falling in love with my husband. My art serves as a vehicle through which I explore my conflicted allegiance to two separate cultures.” Njideka Akunyili
Floor Scrapers, 1875
Outrospection by Daniel Ramosobregon
"The Breast Portrait Journal" by Clarity Haynes
This is the least of the album’s issues but I am nevertheless so hung up on the fact that Hole’s Nobody’s Daughter uses the version on the right for its cover. Because you see, these two pictures of Marie Antoinette were painted by Louise Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun, with the one in the white dress coming first.
Marie Antoinette liked to LARP. She had a whole LARP village set up where she could basically play at being a hobbit with her friends, with cute cottages and a mill and hobby farms, and they used to frolic around like rich dorks pretending they were rustic and putting on little plays and things.
So when it was time to get her portrait painted she was like hey, Louise Élisabeth, paint me in my rad LARP gear, even though it’s a chemise and therefore the 18th-century-equivalent of me posing in a tiny silk slip dress and no bra when I’m meant to be the most formal and regal and conservative lady in the land.
Predictably, nobody liked Marie’s super-edgy LARP selfie and she wound up having to get Louise Élisabeth to paint a second version where the rude bits had been photoshopped away and her painfully hipster rustic hat was gone.
And it’s the “safe” version that everyone uses for everything! IT BUGS ME SO MUCH. Like, fuckin Courtney Love, of all people, used the boring constrained what-a-queen-should-be version instead of the one where Marie was flipping the bird at everyone and performing in a slip dress with her makeup all messy. WHY WON’T ANYONE LET MARIE’S DUMB LARP RUFFLES HAVE THEIR DAY.
park rae hyun, south korean female painter (1921-1976), abstract/cubist work
over the river and through the woods
(available as a print)
this took days and days to do but it’s finally done!
Jen Collins, Tiger nap
Károly Kernstock, Colorful Girl Head,1910