The Little Princess by Adrianne Clayton
The Little Princess is a celebration of the impact of a community of women from the past, present and future in the life of a single child.
Created with acrylic and collaging, an African American girl sits with one leg tucked under the other on a couch covered in a circular African Motif. Her head crowned with a tiara and her dress collaged with powerful women who have endured life with great fortitude. Women such as the enslaved wet nurse, often overlooked, Sojourner Truth, Angela Davis, Michelle Obama, Shirley Chisholm, Cicely Tyson, and Nikki Giovanni have paved the way for many little princesses today. In the background is her mother, with her head wrapped, cleaning the house as she overlooks her best work, her daughter. That mother is willing to do what’s necessary to ensure a safer, less burdened future for her child. This is depicted by her willingly cleaning while her daughter sits propped up like the doll she’s holding fully dressed as if she has some place to be, hence, the milk and cookies served on a plate.
The mother lacks the facial features that the daughter possesses to signify the importance and focus being placed on the child.
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Working predominantly with acrylic and oil paint, artist and educator Adrianne Clayton has been able to contribute her take on themes regarding the African American Diaspora through her on-going practice. Clayton, a Kansas City Native, is most known for Mother’s Plight and her participation in the Black Lives Matter Mural on 18th and Vine. Clayton has occupied a number of physical spaces including the American Jazz Museum, the Nelson Atkins Files, and the Indianapolis Art Center.
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