Analysis Of Carrie Mae Weems And Lorna Simpson

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How does one embrace the message and soul of artwork when you can’t get passed the color of skin in the portraits? Two barrier breaking retrospective artists born with more than 2,899 miles between them have beat down the walls in the art world opening up endless opportunities for female artist today. Carrie Mae Weems and Lorna Simpson specialize in catching the viewer’s eye and penetrating their feelings towards issues of culture, politics, equality, and feminism. It is well established that these woman specialize in identifying problems in their artwork, both artists seem to struggle with not being able to avoid the ignorant eye of stereotyping because they use African American Models in their artwork. Carrie Mae Weems doesn’t see her artwork…show more content…
(Lorna Simpson) majority of Simpson 's work uses the black woman’s body and embraces every part of it, from her skin tone, to her hair, and every one of her facial features. Lorna Simpson does not care that people are offended by her artwork because it is not intended for them, she makes it clear that if you are taking umbrage to her work than it is simply not intended for you. (Lorna Simpson) Lorna Simpson’s message to little black girls is beyond powerful because representation is very important, Lorna has a young daughter and she said that she never wants her daughter to feel like she is not important. We live in a society that sees black kids as both less innocent and older than white children, not so much with little girls but also with young black males. A study published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology found that “black boys can be seen as responsible for their actions at an age when white boys still benefit from the assumption that children are essentially innocent. The U.S. Department of Education revealed in a report that black children face discrimination as early as preschool.” (Naadeyah Haseeb 1) black kids need people to look up to for how to live and feel confident just as adults do and that is why Lorna Simpson does not care about people criticizing her work and not appreciating it because she is appealing to an audience that needs her work as
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