A catalogue essay written for the 2019 exhibition Alexandria Smith: A Litany for Survival, curated by Lynne Cooney at Boston University Art Galleries. A Litany for Survival featured figure-based paintings and drawings that explore Black female subjectivity. The essay considers representations of the split self in this body of work and in today’s social and cultural context.
Image: Alexandria Smith, The Nocturnes (detail), 2017. Acrylic on canvas, 60 x 84 inches. Courtesy the artist.