Aug 29, 2012
Why Does Michelle Obama Look Like a Naked Slave?
The work above depicting Mrs. Michelle Obama as a black slave, created by Spanish artist, Karine Percheron-Daniels, is available for sale in canvas print, framed art, greeting card and more. I couldn't help but wonder why Mrs Obama looked like a naked slave. Percheron-Daniels has done other works of naked nudes.According to gawker.com, Karine Percheron-Daniels superimposes the First Lady's face onto the iconic Portrait d'une négresse by French neoclassical painter Marie-Guillemine Benoist.
Please see Kariene Percheron-Daniels' description of the piece below:
"If any of you have found this piece of art insulting I would like to say that my GENUINE intention was never to chock or upset anyone.
I created this picture as part of a series of other famous nudes
As an artist I only paint and create pictures of people I admire and feel passionate about
Michelle Obama is one of these people.
In my eyes , the picture I created here is of a beautiful woman with a beautiful message : The first Lady of America in the first time in history is a black woman who proudly and confidently displays her WOMANHOOD (the nude) her ROOTS (the slave) and her POWER(the First Lady of America embraced by the American flag).
This picture, is a celebration of EVERYTHING GOOD, it is a celebration of achievment and in my opinion is not a racist slur.
I am not a racist: I admire people regardless of their colour and this picture was ment to be a tribute....totally lost in translation .
With my art I try and show beauty NOT DIRT. "
I wonder why anyone would think that a woman who paints famous people as naked, and further, as naked slaves, would be considered cheap artists who are merely looking to shock for attention? If Percheron-Daniels were truly trying to reflect Mrs Obama as a strong black woman who is in touch with her true roots, she may have had better success setting her painting in a scene in African before blacks were enslaved by whites at all - her true roots.