The point of it all -  (Domenek Inzeo)

This gallery includes artwork that depicts African American women (slaves) and their roles during slavery until a little after the civil war "ended" in 1865.  

Sojourner Truth is photographed in black and white. Here you can see Truth holding a walking stick and an arm bag, however the emphasis of the photo lies in her facial expression. Clearly Sojourner Truth was a traveler, and a leader who went from place to place advocating for the rights of black women.
Francis E. W. Harper is photographed here in black and white. The emphasis on the photo is her facial expression and body language. The image of a self aware person. Depicted as a strong, smart woman. You can also see the movement in the material of her clothes are shown.
This print piece of Harriet Tubman focuses on the face and body. Here the artist shows pattern and movement in her clothing. Tubman, an abolitionist is shown clutching a rifle and her purse. This piece is meant to portray her character and how she was well known for leading many slaves to their freedom.
This is a black and white photo of a mother who is a maid and two of her children. Clearly her job was to care for the home and the children. The emphasis on the photo is of the ladies facial expressions and body language. Pattern and movement is shown in the clothing of the ladies. Although the ladies are all different heights and weights the photo is still asymmetrically balanced. The texture of the background shows that they are standing in some sort of dirt field outside.
This is a photo of Sojourner Truth. The color here appears saturated and the photo places emphasis on the importance of Truth and the position that she holds among black women of her time. The famous poem "Ain't I a Woman" comes to mind as I observe Sojourner holding a knitting needle and thread, seated next to a flower pot. It's the ultimate depiction of domesticity and the contradiction of equality among black women versus white women.
This is a black and white photo. You can see the movement in the clothing of the woman. The photograph emphasizes the woman's facial expression and body language saying that she is humble yet accomplished, showing her with a book. It lets us know that even in slavery times this woman was educated. A rarity of this time.
This is a photograph of a black woman and a white child, seated on her lap. This photo is in black and white. The pattern and the movement in the child's clothing is shown. The emphasis of the photograph is in the woman's clothing. Here, her breasts are exposed. The dress that she's wearing provides easy access, almost as if she's wearing a maternity dress. The point of this woman's role, other than tending to the child was clearly to breast feed him as well.
This is a etching print of a woman and her child. Used for advertisement purposes I believe, the color is purposefully contrasted. Showing the woman in darker shades throughout the image and showing the boy in lighter shades. An effort to suggest that the product in the picture, "Pearline Soap" works so well it makes the child appear to be near white. The texture in this piece also suggests that the boy has smoother, softer skin after using the soap whereas the mother seems to have a rougher texture. The point of this woman's role was to get viewers to buy this soap because if a working house slave vouches for this product then it must work.
This is an oil on canvas painting. The texture of the painting shows the woman and children in a possible cabin. On wooden floors. The painting is asymmetrically balanced. The painting is well proportioned, creating a sense of realism and depth among this family. The contrast of color suggests low lighting. The point of this woman's role was probably to look after and protect these children on their way to their destination.
This piece of Phillis Wheatley shows the texture of her clothing and feather pen. Although in black and white, the contrast in shading suggests that their is a source of light behind Wheatley. The piece is symmetrically balanced. The emphasis of this piece is focused on Phillis and the fact that she is writing. Something that the artist wanted the viewer to pay close attention to. The point of Phillis's role in this piece is to show that she was able to write and publish a book during slavery.
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