Winner of the Jury's Choice in the "Red White Blue and Black all Over" at the Wiregrass Museum of Art, Dothan, AL
This painting is made out of strips of brown paper bags .
The story of this painting;
The lady has 3 crowns . Her hair (the afro) in biblical terms is one crown. The bronze crown is the crown of a born princess.
The golden crown is the crown of a destined queen. It is my belief that all women are born for greatness.
The story of the Brown Paper Bag Test.
The Brown Paper Bag Test was a type of discrimination in the United States when a brown paper bag was used as a way to determine whether or not an individual could have certain privileges; only individuals with a skin color that is the same color or lighter than a brown paper bag were allowed.
The end result of the painting:
The Lady in the painting, "A Lady of Many Crowns" would not have been given those privileges because her skin color was darker than the bag. She is very beautiful regardless of the test. And this test does not determine her worth.
Strips of Brown Paper Bags
Ink, Oil and Acrylic
24 inches by 24 inches
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As an artist, I believe everyone has a story that we don't normally comprehend at first glance. I paint my subjects from the quietness of their soul. Most times it's a reflection of my own soul landing onto the material. I collect hundreds of images and as I create my textural backgrounds, I sort out what I'm going to bring forth. This process is intermittent and timely. It could take hours, days, months or even years for me to complete a painting based on mood, the image and the release within my mind and soul.
I have three series that I work on simultaneously and sometimes fusing two or three series together.
"The One Eyed Tulips" consisting of the subject(s) having one eye and two lips. This series is based on the perception what the subject is versus the value of the truth of the subject's story.
"The Beauty Beyond the Brown Paper Bag Test" series is based on the African American historical symbolism of the utilization of the brown paper bag. It was used in the practice of skin color discrimination in the African-American communities in the deep southern states of the US especially in the state of Louisiana. The brown paper bag was use like an identification card to gain access to parties, some churches, some fraternities and sororities, nightclubs etc. If a person was darker than the brown paper bag that was placed at the entrance of the place or event then that person was denied access.
"The Transcedence" series is a series that is incorporating the value of the human soul growing and evolving into a higher being of magnificence. To know that there is a better consciousness of self.
Lammie is a self taught artist based in New Orleans, LA. She has exhibited with the United Nations,Geneva’s Palais des Nations in Geneva and have had solo shows in NYC, Berlin, Germany, Atlanta GA and New Orleans, LA. She was the artist of the year for Brooklyn Academy of Music's, BAM DanceAfrica 2007 in Brooklyn, NY and have shown with the NYC Health and Hospitals Art collection with three of her photographs in their permanent collection. She has participated in both the National Black Fine Arts Show in NYC and the National Black Arts Festival in Atlanta GA. My artwork has appeared on episodes of "Love and Hip Hop NYC".
She is also the co-founder of the non-profit community artists’ organization, South of the Navy Yard Artists, Inc. which is based in Brooklyn. Since moving to New Orleans, Lammie has shown with the Jazz and Heritage Foundation Gallery with the Women's Caucus of Arts (Louisiana Chapter) 'Femme Fest' and with the New Orleans' African American Museum "Pop-Up show. She has also exhibited at the Contemporary Arts Center, the Arts Council of New Orleans, Ashe Cultural Arts Center and the George and Leah McKenna Museum of African American Art.
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