KINSHIP is a debut series of paintings and photography Centered in the iconography of black WOMANHOOD by Erin LeAnn Works.
Photography: Courtney Little/ Models: Brittney Clark -Erin Mitchell
BEHIND THE WORK
INFLUENCES & INSPIRATIONS
The art of KINSHIP is influenced by the flat overlapping forms of Cubism, notably achieved by Pablo Picasso. Cubism is characterized by the break down of an object into geometrical shapes depicted from a multitude of viewpoints to represent the subject in a greater context. I utilized the cubist style to give multidimensionality to black women who are often broken down and limited in their ability by cultural perspective. My depictions are a fusion of the past and present serving a revitalized look of the black woman to the viewer.
Stepping into this work as the artist and model, I wanted to present a bold and vivid representation of black womanhood taking inspiration from the work of Tschabalala Self, Mickalene Thomas, and Nina Chanel. It was Thomas' dual work in photography and painting that pushed me to create my work in multiple forms.
"My intention is to paint and transform myself (and other women) into the images I create. By doing so I hope to leave my mark on the personification of black women in art."