Piece description from the artist
My work operates within a tradition of black abstract artists and attempts to further the modernist idea of Post-Black, which explicitly has to do with contemporary African American art. I am abstracting appropriated racial stereotypes from their specific social context, in an attempt to transcend their negative associations. This is a jazz inspired portrait of Alicia Keys.
Melody S. Boone is a mixed-media artist, currently living and working in South Orange, New Jersey. With her understanding of both African American and art history, Boone creates abstracted narratives in an effort to dispel the notion of race as a label. She has worked with several professional artists and has received artist fellowships and grants to assist in her art practice. As her work continues to develop, Boone maintains the use of her "home" as an inspirational source, works to gain a deeper understanding of herself and continues to investigate her family history.