Debra Cartwright’s oil paintings integrate the history of Western gynecology with the representation of Black womanhood. Cartwright’s paintings seduce the viewer on first sight through their use of a muted, earth-tone color palette and the combination of abstraction and figuration. We can barely identify parts of the body, like a torso, buttocks, or braids. Over time, however, the seduction unravels as we begin to see blood, flesh, and possibly organs.
Cartwright’s paintings wrestle with the painful history of using enslaved . . .
Black Hot Fire Network
April 1, 2023