Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Flower Girl #2: Are You Moved?

I was chatting with Jaded16 yesterday, when she asked me if I was familiar with the work of Margaret Bowland. She sent me a link to the following image and I was immediately captivated by it.

The pain and the sadness of this little girl reminded me of all the ways that our daughters are told that they are not worthy from birth.  The white paint speaks to me of the way that Black children learn to internalize Whiteness as good, and therefore perceive themselves to be defective and unworthy. 

I am very interested to know how or if this image touches you and why.  Art often makes us confront that which we would happily ignore and therefore, I think this work is a great conversation piece.