Vickie Pierre’s first solo exhibition at the Fredric Snitzer Gallery presents an ongoing investigation into explorations of self-identity, ethnicity, and spirituality. With references to her Haitian heritage, as well as the larger Caribbean culture and cultural mythologies throughout the world, Pierre considers and challenges feminine and historic tropesrelative to contemporary cultural politics.
Focusing on an ongoing series of work titled, Poupées in the Bush, Pierre uses bulbous, anthropomorphic forms embodying the divine.Inspired by Surrealist Hans Bellmer’s provocative and deconstructed dolls, the “Poupées” which means “dolls” in French, are presented in a playful, non-linear narrative, where the abstracted figures are both a reclamation and representation of the “she forms / sisters” the black female body. These entities, composed on paper and canvas, are enveloped in decorative, ribbon-like lattice structures adorned with flowers; gilded and glistening in swathes of gold leaf and glitter. The colorful motifs also recall rich tribal adornments and ritual dress. Poupées exemplifies wild, abstracted femininity and beauty, harnessing stories of all warrior womxn.
In My Mind, In My Head, I Wanted it to Happen closed to the public on November 21 at the Fredric Snitzer Gallery in Miami, Florida.