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 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. Her hands are on her head and her fingers are clenched in her hair. A gold ring is visible on her left hand. 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
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Restrictions & Rights
© Colette Veasey-Cullors
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