In my paintings and installations, I examine contemporary spectatorship, through the lens of the oppositional gaze, and the power of language as it relates to perceptions of and about black women and girls. Historically we been victims of language as our ascribed identities were largely derived from negative depictions that have been distributed historically via media, art, and contemporaneously, social media. In my work, black women and girls are not just objects designed to be seen but serve as deliberate spectators and witnesses...
ERIN KENDRICK | VISUAL ARTIST | ARTS EDUCATOR
This exhibition presents black adolescent girls in their natural state, as children, while simultaneously exploring the notion of adultification - a form of gendered racial bias wherein adults view black girls as less innocent and more adult-like than their white peers, devoid of any individualized context. It is a presumption rather than a data-based observation adversely applied to black girls. Full artist statement