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Eva Jessye

revolta

Tucson, United States

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Artist's Description

This was painted during a year of my life which was highly influenced by women, specifically musicians. Studying percussion and playing drums on my own, or with two of my girlfriends in our self-affirmed band, was daily routine. Surrounded by male musician friends and traveling bands, I was constantly reminded of the lack of women artists recognition. It became a goal to seek out as many brilliant, talented women artists that I could appreciate and listen to. The list grew on from Sleater Kinney, The Raincoats, and other riot grrls; to Crass, Nausea, other punk grrls; and then swayed into the more melodic Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Julie Holland, jazzy ladies and percussionistas.
One day, I was drawing from a National Geographic magazine and came across the brilliant, bonafied Eva Jessye. She seemed like a rare beauty for her time: black, female and powerful. It was the 20s and early in her life she was already choreographing choirs. She was a singer, poet, actress and the “grand dame of Black music in America.”
Sitting with her back facing the piano, head resting in her hand, I had to recreate this imagery. The original N.G. page can be found on my site: http://revolta.deviantart.com/gallery/?23671126....

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