you might remember my previous post about artist Lorna Simpson, whose exquisite Gold Head series is still a favourite of mine. they form part of a continuing series of collages based on figures from vintage Ebony and Jet magazines – all of which you can see on her website and in a book dedicated to her Works on Paper.
Known for her photography and video installations, about five years ago, Lorna Simpson began to draw. The shift in her practice has produced countless portraits, primarily of black women (and on occasion black men and white women). The works are statements of beauty, studies of image and identity, and interpretations African American experiences through historic representation.