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Colette Veasey-Cullors, American, born 1967  Search this
ink on photographic paper
H x W (Sheet): 22 × 17 in. (55.9 × 43.2 cm)
H x W (Image): 21 × 14 in. (53.3 × 35.6 cm)
inkjet prints
Artist Statement: The work Insecurity Past, Insecurity Present, and Insecurity Future is part of a larger series titled Metaphors and Life. Within this work, the female form functions as a metaphor and element of containment for a variety of human experiences and emotions, like: pain, self-doubt, anxiety and uncertainty. My use of triptych, which are titled Past, Present and Future, along with the emotion being explored, are indicative of Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow. Our experiences and reactions to them are not isolated and frozen in time, but instead are carried throughout a course, a life and oftentimes occur again and again. This series explores the subjective nature of individual perceptions as viewed through one's relationships and personal views of self, thereby exploring the internal and external realities that these perceptions can represent in one's life.
A color photographic print of a nude female figure. She is seated on the ground in a cross-legged position with her shoulders hunched over and the top of her head facing the viewer. Her arms are tucked close to her body and her hands are held out in front of her, palms open, the right palm facing the side of her head, the left palm facing upward, fingers splayed. A gold ring is visible on her left hand. The tips of her fingers are bright red. Her skin is printed with a scale-like pattern. The figure is shown against a plain black background. The print is signed on the verso: [Colette Veasey-Cullors 2016].
African American  Search this
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Gesture  Search this
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Mental health  Search this
Women  Search this
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Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
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© Colette Veasey-Cullors
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