With a degree in international relations with a concentration in gender, culture, and global society from the University of Southern California and masters in women’s history from Sarah Lawrence College, my art is a feminist statement that seeks to combat androcentric world views of women’s role in society. Through my compositions and texture, I move women from marginalized spaces to spaces of power and agency. Largely influenced by my experiences in New York and studies at Sarah Lawrence College, my artwork places women at the forefront of the narrative.
In my current work, I use my personal story: the loss of a child, the ending of a relationship, relocation and isolation, to explore the psychology of human emotion through the female body. The series, Transitions, are paintings of sunsets and sunrises that I photographed for nine months in order to explore the aftermath of a traumatic experience. I use nature to illustrate the emotional and mental state of the individual post-trauma. By the end of the nine month project, I noticed that each moment of pain experienced, the sky was turbulent; each moment of peace witnessed; the sky was calm; each moment of happiness enjoyed; the sky was colorful. I also use my own body as the subject in my work. The series, Un-Silenced: Liberating the Black Female Body through Self-Portraiture, alludes to the Khalil Gibran quote “we chose our joys and sorrows long before we experience them.” The self-portraits explore the cycle of emotions a woman goes through leading up to a traumatic experience. The emotions aren’t always sad; they can be joyous, sexual, and sometimes anxious resulting in self-discovery and personal growth.
Listing Title: Tiffany Latrice