Created by
Veasey-Cullors, Colette, American, born 1967
ink on photographic paper
H x W (Sheet): 22 × 17 in. (55.9 × 43.2 cm)
H x W (Image): 21 × 14 in. (53.3 × 35.6 cm)
Our experiences and reactions to them are not isolated and frozen in time, but instead are carried throughout a course, a life and often times re-occur again and again. — Colette Veasey-Cullors
Colette Veasey-Cullors explores race, class, and gender identities through her work. Insecurity Past, Insecurity Present and Insecurity Future are part of a larger series of works titled Metaphors and Life. Within these photographs, the female form is a metaphor that contains a range of human experiences and emotions, including pain, self-doubt, anxiety, and uncertainty, as well as resilience and courage. The triptych Past, Present and Future, and the emotions the photographs explore and convey, signify the emotional life experiences of yesterday, today, and tomorrow.
A color photographic print of a nude female figure. She is seated on the ground in a crouching posture with her knees drawn up to her chest and crossed at the ankles. She is hunched over with her head resting on her drawn-up knees and her elbows tucked in tight to her body. The top of her head is facing the viewer. She holds her hands out in front of her and is wringing her fingers together. The tips of her fingers are bright red. Her skin is printed with a scale-like pattern. The figure is shown against a plain black background. The print is signed on the verso: [Colette Veasey-Cullors 2016].
Metaphors and Life
Photographs and Still Images
inkjet prints
Mental health
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
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Restrictions & Rights
© Colette Veasey-Cullors
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