“Negrita” is a term of endearment in my home country of the Dominican Republic, used to refer to dark-skinned girls and women. As a black woman myself, I heard the term a lot growing up.
When I first started painting this piece, I only had a vague idea of where I wanted to go with it. As an artist, I try to let my art speak for itself. Even to me, the creator. I let it guide me during the artistic process. It always tells me what it wants to be, sometimes down to the title, if I listen.
Juxtaposed, of course, by the white paint that outlines her.
She hasn’t told me what that part means yet. But I suspect it’s a commentary on the well documented phenomenon of Dominicans’ belief that they're white, and not, in fact, Black. Even though we’re like top 3 blackest countries in Latin America.
I could be wrong though.
Acrylic on stretched premium canvas
Long, 10” x 30” dimensions
3/4” thick solid wood frame