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What Does Ownership Look Like To You Beyond The Imagery You Create?

Reanna’s Gaze | 2020

Artist: Lanise Howard

Medium: Oil On Canvas

Dimensions: 48″ X 36

This painting is part of a larger body of work exploring censorship and assimilation. Here I am exploring the historical censorship of blackness, specifically black hair. My aim was to give the subject back ownership of their image. In this way I am reifying the image. The pixels become a corona, a crown an ignited aura. Her gaze emphasizes this ownership and awareness of self.