This week, we look into the work of photographer and mixed-media artist, Renee Cox.
Born on October 16, 1960, in Colgate, Jamaica, Cox’s family eventually settled into New York. Her ambition began with film-making, but the instant gratification of photography quickly won her over.
Arguably one of the most controversial African-American artists working today, Cox uses her own body (clothed and nude) to celebrate black womanhood and provide commentary in a society rooted in racism and sexism. Her work ironically reflects Western Classical pieces, as well as Christianity.
A great deal of Cox’s work reflects Western Classical works, as well as Christianity.
“Christianity is big in the African-American community, but there are no representations of us. I took it upon myself to include people of color in these classic scenarios.”
You can check out some of her work below.
Be sure to visit her website for even more content and information.
Art Appreciation Monday is a bi-weekly series that celebrates the achievements of artists of the past and present.
Author: Mike Tré
Mike is the co-creator of BLKBOARD who’s a creative professional and writer with an interest in Superheroes, literature, gaming, politics, food, and anything else he can think of at the given moment.