Whining Queen

Naimah Frith

Fabric and chalk pastel

2019

72 x 48 in.

Working with fabric gives me the sense that I am connecting to and with the great women in my family who have passed on their traditions of craft and expressions of love.  This work takes apart and puts back together the politics of my culture, femininity and the things that have been passed down to me as truths.

Whining Queen is an examination and celebration of the black feminine body.  Her body is a site of resistance, power and resilience.  Her body is rude and vulgar in her willingness to perform femininity and freedom as an act of resistance to respectability politics. Whining Queen is a celebration of the women who fearlessly embody this rudeness in spaces not made for them.

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