© Joyce J. Scott. Photograph and digital image © Delaware Art Museum. Not for reproduction or publication.
Birth of the Mammy I
Date: 1999
Medium: Mixed media
Dimensions: overall: 21 × 9 × 6 in. (53.3 × 22.9 × 15.2 cm) figure: 19 1/2 × 7 × 9 in. (49.5 × 17.8 × 22.9 cm) base: 5 1/2 × 2 3/4 × 2 3/4 in. (14 × 7 × 7 cm)
Credit Line: Gift of the Alberta du Pont Bonsal Foundation, 2000
Object Number: 2000-15
About: Joyce Scott, African American herself, often uses her artwork as a means to comment on social injustices and prevailing stereotypes. In this beaded sculpture, she attacks the culturally loaded term "mammy," an alteration of the word mother used in reference to African American slave and servant women. Scott transforms this historically negative stereotype into an African goddess, a powerful figure who tells her own story.
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