Matthew Day Jackson - Contemporary Artists

Harriet (Last Portrait)

Harriet (Last Portrait) The Saatchi Gallery

Matthew Day Jackson

Harriet (Last Portrait)

Woodburned drawing, yarn, aniline dye, mother of pearl, abalone & black panther eyes on wood panel

243.8 x 182.9 cm

Matthew Day Jackson’s Harriet (Last Portrait) monumentalises the image of a black woman on a large oval panel. Working with the artisan techniques of wood-burning and precious stone inlaying, Jackson’s drawing alludes to both antique religious icons and the tradition of folk-craft. Coloured with aniline dye, a pigment used for staining fabric, and the collaged application of yarn, Jackson’s drawing conveys a stunning vivacity, offering a portrait of heroism that frames American cultural history with futuristic promise.
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