Wednesday, June 10, 2009 3:31 PM
This painting is an allegory for slavery in the Caribbean and the life that we live today as a result of slavery and colonialism. It alludes to the African diaspora and, in particular, my maternal grandmother, who was a servant in bondage.
The woman sits and gazes. Her particular position offers her a view of the future--lights, traffic, complexity. But she does not belong there and she does not desire to belong. She is alienated from the world that is antithetical to who she is and what her spirit represents.
Masha Rotfeld interviewed Orlonda Uffre for I.M.O.W. Read the interview.