OOAK Vintage Black Francie Doll 2

by Qiana Mestrich

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Artist Statement

The Black Doll Series (2017) is a collection of non-gestural, digital images rooted in the aesthetic tradition of geometric abstraction. Sourcing original imagery of black vintage dolls for sale on e-commerce sites like Etsy and eBay, the dolls have been abstracted beyond recognition and paired with their original item description as image captions.

The mass production of black dolls dates back to 19th century Europe. With these “digital paintings” I am interested in the interplay between social representation and memory in relation to the historical constructions of race and gender as seen in children's play. Abstraction is used here to interrupt the stereotypical representations of each doll, as noted in the image captions.

Why We Love It

In The Black Doll Series, Mestrich redefines vintage Black dolls through her own visual translation, using the power of abstraction and the syntax of shape, form and color to rewrite the sentence. She takes strange, stereotyped, or whitewashed portrayals and drastically alters them, owns them, makes them new. Which is not to say she removes them from reality altogether. Her color choices suggest skin tones, and her shapes hint at human form. Note how the composition of OOAK Vintage Black Francie Doll 2 is centered and lit like a classical portrait. A rich russet brown dominates the background. Layered, luminous fragments at center bring to mind the effect of light falling on the planes of a face — but instead of centering a recognizable subject with a face, her focal point is non-figurative ... Read more on the blog!

Details

+ Pixelation in the prints is intentional—the artist created a specific look for each size of this edition.
+ Museum quality: archival inks, 100% cotton rag paper unless noted
+ Signed + numbered certificate of authenticity included
+ Handcrafted custom-framing is available

Our quoted dimensions are for the size of paper containing the images, not the printed image itself. We do not alter the aspect ratio, nor do we crop or resize the artists’ originals. All of our prints have a minimum border of .5 inches to allow for framing.

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Museo Portfolio Rag

Qiana Mestrich

Qiana Mestrich is a native New Yorker, photo-based artist, educator, writer and mother of two based in Brooklyn. She makes conceptual photographs, books, and installations by working primarily within autobiography while also employing archival and found photography, texts, and ephemera. Mestrich is the founder of Dodge & Burn: Decolonizing Photography History (est. 2007), an arts initiative that aims to diversify the medium’s history by supporting photographers of color. Dodge & Burn began as a blog and currently functions as a monthly critique group for photographers in NYC. Her critical writing on photography has been published in art journals like Light... Read More
Work’s Contact Sheet, En Foco’s Nueva Luz, ARC Magazine and exposure, a journal published by the Society for Photographic Education. She is the co-editor of How We Do Both: Art and Motherhood (Secretary Press), a diverse collection of honest responses from contemporary artists on raising children and making art.Formally educated in photography, Mestrich received her BA from Sarah Lawrence College and her MFA from ICP-Bard College. Her daughter is named after one of her favorite photographers, Imogen Cunningham.
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