My Baby Doll
My Baby Doll was created to counter the experiments that were conducted over half a century ago that came to the conclusion that Black children had negative views of themselves based upon the negatives images of Black people that dominated media and society. I wanted to paint a very exciting, yet intimate portrait of a happy Black girl embracing her Black baby doll instead of rejecting it. In the documentary of the Black children rejecting the Black baby dolls, the results was that the darker the baby doll, the Black children believed the worse the baby doll was. In other words black dolls were bad dolls and should be punished. The darker the baby doll the uglier the baby doll.
Contrasting those images was the objective of this painting. If I can paint a Black girl loving a black baby doll, I knew that I could paint a Black girl loving herself. The documentary showed Black children and self-hate. My painting shows acceptance, joy and love.