Didn’t her momma tell her not to mess with the classics? Harmonia Rosales may have broken the rule of never to mess with the originals, but we’re glad she did.
The Chicago-based artist is a torch-bearer for the black community, one with a noble intention for her art:
“…my inspiration arises from living life as a woman of color. My art is born out of a combination of my love for history, thirst for endless new knowledge, and dedication to social action,” she writes on her website.
One of her recent works, a take on Michelangelo’s The Creation of Adam, has rightfully drawn the internet’s attention. She titles it, The Creation of God with the enclosed words: “We all are created in “Gods” image.”(sic)
All the characters in the powerful piece have been turned into black women – “in order to address the lack of representation women of colour face” – but it certainly evokes a very personal emotion from the artist.
Here it is:
“I wanted to take a significant painting, a widely recognised painting that subconsciously or consciously conditions us to see white male figures as powerful and authoritative and flip the script, establish a counter-narrative,” Rosales told BuzzFeed.
“White figures are a staple in classical art featured in major museums. They are the ‘masters’ of masterpieces. Why should that continue?”
“When you consider that all human life came out of Africa, the Garden of Eden and all, then it only makes sense to paint God as a black woman, sparking life into her own image.”
“I want my daughter to grow up proud of her curls and coils, her brown skin, and for her to identify as a woman of colour, a woman of value.”
Take a look at some of her other works:
How’s that for representing your people and the struggle? We certainly can’t wait to see more of Harmonia’s art.