Media: rabbit skin glue, synthetic water-soluble polyvinyl acetate emulsion, dry paint pigment for both the egg tempera, encaustic and oil paint.
Blingblingguninthebaggie (2013) explore the era of Blaxploitation films and the impact it had within the Caribbean communities through the eyes of my heroines, Queen Nappy and YoYo Yolanda. These two characters are based, respectively, on the well-known 19th-century stereotypes of Sapphire, the wise-cracking, emasculating woman, who lets everyone know she is in charge, and Jezebel, the bad girl, who is usually depicted as alluring and seductive as she mesmerizes men and lures them into her bed. In this body of work I combine text, images and symbols from the Caribbean with imagery from African-American popular culture and themes. A fusion of painting, photography and printmaking, the imagery speaks directly to post-soul aesthetic themes within the Hip Hop community: for instance, bling is a slang reference to elaborate jewelry and ornamented accessories popularized by the hip-hop culture, whereas baggie is Jamaican slang for underwear.