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)
Artist Statement: The work Insecurity Past, Insecurity Present, and Insecurity Future is part of a larger series titled Metaphors and Life. Within this work, the female form functions as a metaphor and element of containment for a variety of human experiences and emotions, like: pain, self-doubt, anxiety and uncertainty. My use of triptych, which are titled Past, Present and Future, along with the emotion being explored, are indicative of Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow. Our experiences and reactions to them are not isolated and frozen in time, but instead are carried throughout a course, a life and oftentimes occur again and again. This series explores the subjective nature of individual perceptions as viewed through one's relationships and personal views of self, thereby exploring the internal and external realities that these perceptions can represent in one's life.
A color photographic print of a nude female figure. She is seated on the ground in a cross-legged position with her shoulders hunched over and the top of her head facing the viewer. Her arms are tucked close to her body and her hands are held out in front of her, palms open, the right palm facing the side of her head, the left palm facing upward, fingers splayed. A gold ring is visible on her left hand. 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
Media Arts-Photography
inkjet prints
Mental health
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number
Restrictions & Rights
© Colette Veasey-Cullors
Permission required for use. Proper usage is the responsibility of the user.

Cataloging is an ongoing process and we may update this record as we conduct additional research and review. If you have more information about this object, please contact us at

Share this page