The Artdog Image of Interest
Amy Sherald’s Miss Everything (Unsuppressed Deliverance) speaks to me on so many levels it’s hard to know where I should begin. From her vibrant red hat slipping down over her eyes, to the awkward mismatch of her two-sided dress, to Those Gloves and That Enormous Cup—this young woman is loaded down by expectations that others have piled onto her.
There have been times when I’ve been that young woman. I suspect there are times when most of us have been that young woman. Certainly this painting speaks to me of all the myriad expectations that confront women. We are supposed to be poised (even when we’re not), stylish (even when our style is not “in”), to steadily support that massive cupful of expectations, and make it look easy (even when we’re struggling).
I first met Miss Everything face-to-face when The Outwin came to the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas City recently. Once one has met her, she’s hard to forget.
PLEASE NOTE: Amy Sherald and Michelle Obama recently unveiled Sherald’s painting, Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama, the official presidential portrait of the former First Lady, at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC, USA. I particularly enjoyed a New Yorker article about the work, written by Doreen St. Félix. Perhaps you’ll enjoy it, too.
ALSO: For those who live in the region I do, you may want to note that a solo show of her work will open at the Contemporary Art Museum of St. Louis on May 11, 2018. It is set to run through August 19.
IMAGE: Many thanks to the “Gallery Gurls” interview with Amy Sherald, by Imani Higginson, for the photo of Miss Everything.