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The title of this piece is inspired by the original name that was given to Haiti during colonialism. Haiti was one of the most profitable colonies in the world due to slave labor. In addition, France also referred to it as such because of Haiti's natural beauty, as well as its abundant resources. The portrait depicts a Caribbean woman with a head scarf. This painting pays homage to the famous work "The Girl with the Pearl Earring" . I recreated this muse as a black woman because I often times wanted to see my own images in museums and historical artwork. In the Caribbean, Scarfs are often used as a means to protect one's natural hair but also a way to express cultural identity. This piece is acrylic and oil paint on a wooden panel , mixed media [fabric, artificial plants, frame, jewlery, peacock feathers] .

Pearl of the Antilles

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