The Initiation of Saint Harriet
30" x 40" mixed media on canvas. 2023. Part of The Apparition of Saint Harriet series
The inspiration for this painting came while watching a Sowei masquerade dance in Sierra Leone. The woman wearing the mask and raffia covering is responsible for the initiation of young women into the female Sande Society. I began to think of other acts of initiation, including the act of "seeking" which has been a part of African American religiosity, a crossing-over of sorts. This piece arose from those musings.