"Agriculture and Commerce," 2014, from the portfolio "Drawn from the McClung Museum," lithograph and silkscreen by Ericka Walker. Edition: 1/30.
Designed in response to McClung Museum object: 1957.3.707, A Southern Aristocrat by Lloyd Branson, oil on canvas, 1896.
Artist statement: On a list of historical artifacts, A Southern Aristocrat stood out for its air of romantic myopia. Advertising the standards of a white American lady of privilege at the turn of the century-a sense of expected beauty, of poise, of social milieu-her portrait also tends to terminate the existence of that anonymous woman, cementing her in the past. A more contemporary read is that both as image and discrete ob