“Strangely Fruitful”

Title :   “Strangely Fruitful”

Year :  2012

Medium : Oil on canvas

Dimensions : 24 x 56 ( 60.96 x 101.6 cm.)

Availability : Private Collection  (Limited Edition Reproductions Available)

I heard through a certain vine, that there were some not so kind. Stories tell of how they hung many out to dry.Generations struggled yet still we got by. Swinging in that heat, over time our fruit became sweet. Became wise. To their surprise, our now aged raisins improvised. Strange to them, we capitalized on given time and reseeded to reproduced. To become a sweeter, wiser, race of abundant delicious fruit.

 

Narrative points:

  • A carved hand from the tree of humanity, the color distinguishes the who.
  • A noose made of vine.Faces of those who contributed to their careers making it possible for newer generations to achieve greatness.
  • The title “Strangely Fruitful ” written in the vines.
  • The umbilical cord of new growth attached to the infant.

M. Jackson,E. Till,I.B. Wells,S. Chisholm,N. Simone,J. Owens,P.Robeson,R. Foxx,M. L. King Jr.,B. Holiday,F. Douglass,H. Tubman,L. Hughes,R. Parks

The inspiration for the painting comes from a song entitled “Strange fruit” with a positive spin.

The Perspective

Strange Fruit” is a song performed most famously by Billie Holiday, who released her first recording of it in 1939, the year she first sang it. Written by the teacher Abel Meeropol as a poem, it exposed American racism, particularly the lynching of African Americans. Such lynchings had occurred chiefly in the South but also in all other regions of the United States.

The song has been covered by artists, as well as inspiring novels, other poems and other creative works. In 1978 Holiday’s version of the song was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. It was also included in the list of Songs of the Century, by the Recording Industry of America and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Available as an limited edition offset lithograph 19 x 36

Retail Price : $200.00 ( free shipping on U.S. deliveries )

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