This is a soft pastel on paper original artwork, number 2 in 11 of the series named 'The Dance'. It was created in honor of the Black Lives Matter 2020 civil rights movement. I made this series to celebrate the black lives that have and still is contributing to the art of dance.
Number 2 is dedicated to the great entertainer dubbed the "black pearl"Josephene Baker. Speaking up for the civil rights movement in America, she asked "Americans the eyes of the world are on upon you. How can you expect the world to believe in you and respect your preaching of democracy when you yourself treat your coloured brothers as you do?" Baker refused to perform in segregated audiences in America. Bakers unselfish stance against injustice and her unique contribution to the world of dance is immense. Baker often performed naked, I hope that the artwork captures this and some of the free wheeling nature in which she chose to perform.
Please note: I have colour adjusted the vibrancy of this artwork in the photo, in order for you to be able to better appreciate its details. To get a better understanding of the actual artwork please watch the video that shows its actual colouration which carries more muted tonalities.