Woman recreates 'white' art to honour black women

By Kim Abrahams
28 May 2017

She believes women of colour aren’t represented enough in society.

She believes women of colour aren’t represented enough in society, so she’s decided to tackle the issue in an artsy and classy way.

Harmonia Rosales (33), from Chicago, decided to replace famous paintings that feature white men, with black women.

“I wanted to take a significant painting, a widely recognised painting that subconsciously or consciously conditions us to see white male figures as powerful and authoritative and flip the script, establish a counter-narrative,” Harmonia told BuzzFeed.

In her most recent work of art, she recreates Michelangelo’s ‘The Creation of Adam’. In it, she changes, amongst others, the illustration of God and Adam as white and male, and replaces them with black women.

“White figures are a staple in classical art featured in major museums. They are the ‘masters’ of masterpieces. Why should that continue?”

The 33-year-old mother’s work has since gone viral, with many applauding her work and others criticising her for using someone else’s art and presenting it as her own.

Layers...will I be done by friday?? #womenempowerment #oilpainting #art #layers #progress #melanin A post shared by Harmonia (@honeiee) on

But Harmonia is unfazed. She’s aware that her intuition might not resonate with certain people.

“People do not like change. They are afraid of it,” she told Huffington Post. “Some will simply not accept this piece.”

Besides wanting to change the perception of race and women in society, Harmonia wants to teach her daughter – and other little girls – to embrace her ethnicity.

Clouds and hands today?? #clouds #hands #art #painting #melanin #layers #progress

A post shared by Harmonia (@honeiee) on

“I want my daughter to grow up proud of her curls and coils, her brown skin, and for her to identify as a woman of colour, a woman of value.

“What I do with my art contributes to the way she and all other little girls like her will come to recognise themselves.”

Sources: huffingtonpost.co.za, metro.co.uk

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