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A woman seeming to sit on the floor with her body angled to our left nearly fills this vertical painting. Her skin is the color of parchment in some areas, as around her eyes, chest, one hand, and the leg and foot we can see, while what seems like brown paint creeps up her neck to drip upwards around her cheeks and onto her forehead. The brown also drips down onto her cleavage, along one arm towards her wrist, and down the shin of her leg. Her right hand, on our left, is entirely brown. She holds her long hair up over her head with her brown hand in front of her face, looking at it with blue eyes and seeming to touch it with the other hand. Her hair is blonde with dark roots at her scalp, created with long, parallel brushstrokes. Her long nails and curling lips are scarlet. She wears an emerald green robe trimmed with white fur and a long strand of pearls that drape over her left arm, closer to us. She seems to sit on a cushion decorated with brown koi fish and stylized blue waves of water, but the exact arrangement of her legs is unclear. A stack of patterned pillows is piled behind her to our left, and comes up to her shoulder. Red circular forms behind her head are painted slate blue with deep brown shadows and red highlights. The words “BACK AND FORTH” are repeated in capital yellow letters edged with red in rows that fill the background.

Rozeal (formerly known as iona rozeal brown), afro.died, T., 2011, acrylic, pen, ink, marker, and graphite on birch plywood panel, Corcoran Collection (Museum Purchase with funds provided by the Women's Committee of the Corcoran Gallery of Art), 2015.19.243

Art and Hip Hop with Virtual Chicana, Special Guest DJ

Virtual Artful Conversations

  • Sunday, January 31, 2021
  • 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
  • Registration Required
  • Virtual Program

Join us for an upbeat Artful Conversation and learn how one artist’s love of hip hop inspires her art. DC-based DJ and multimedia artist Virtual Chicana connects our discoveries to music.