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Yanique Norman

Artist Statement Submitted 2020

Over the past four years, I created a fantastical methodology, Black Fungibility, that tethers blackness to an actual fungus to seek unconventional ways of producing a more radicalized blackness. By nestling work within the confines of mycology, aim is to better understand how the physiognomy of the black psychological body changes and adapts itself when placed in extreme whitened conditions. In this instance, work interrogates certain nationalistic ideologies by irreverently defacing the historical portraits of US first Ladies. Here their infamous monarchial heads are zombified and infected crowns are subsequently blackened with the mugshots of incarcerated women of color.

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