Proud of her heritage-three of Catlett's grandparents had been slaves-the artist devoted her career to exposing persecution and commemorating the courage, endurance, and achievements of African American women. The sharecropper's worn but proud face is framed by a large straw hat, her jacket fastened by a safety pin. She embodies the suffering and strength of black women. The angularity of her features derives from West African masks, an influence Catlett purposefully evoked.
The Cleveland Museum of Art (1/26/2014 - 5/18/2014); "Our Stories: African American Prints and Drawings"