Jamea Richmond-Edwards grew up in Detroit watching the style of the black community in late 1980s and early 1990s — bright sweaters, leopard-prints, and fake Gucci and Louis Vuitton bags.
The artist notes that for many years, black women were not represented in glossy magazines. They were not seen as consumers of luxury goods. But at the same time, they wanted to reach this high-status, with the belief that expensive brands will automatically change society's attitudes toward them.
The American artist channels her message through colorful, mixed media paintings, by utlizing acrylic, spray paint, glitter, tulle, and paper collages on canvas.
Fly Girl Fly is open to the public at Kravets Wehby Gallery in New York until April 28.