Reverend Joyce McDonald
“Our Lives Mattered (Breonna)”
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Lot Details

Terracotta, air-dried clay, acrylic, Wite-Out, marker, fake eyelash, glitter, Elmer's Glue
11 x 7 x 3 in (28 x 18 x 7.6 cm.)
Year: 2020
Extra Info:

Signed on the verso

Location: New York

Seller: Reverend Joyce McDonald and Gordon Robichaux, New York.

The Reverend Joyce McDonald was ordained as a minister at the Church of the Open Door in 2009, following a personal renaissance during which the artist overcame her struggles with addiction and opted for a healthier path. Vowing to help others around her--particularly women and children--the Reverend's activism is enmeshed with her artwork, which she creates from the comfort and familiarity of her kitchen. During 2020, a year that saw a horrendous spike in police brutality against members of the Black community, the Reverend was compelled to use her art to process her pain and anguish. Of particular note were the  murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor. The present work, 'Our Lives Mattered (Breonna)', is part of a series of portraits the artist dedicated to victims of police brutality. By molding Breonna Taylor with clay, the artist was able to 'touch' Breonna and honor her memory. As such, 'Our Lives Mattered (Breonna)', beyond a compelling work of art, is also a testament to spiritual healing.

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