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Renee Cox is an African-American artist who primarily works in the medium of photography. Her work addresses social issues, especially related to race and gender, and has been considered controversial for the way in which she reinterprets traditional Catholic imagery. Here, Cox is positioning her nude body as a response to the archetype of the white, virginal Madonna.
I love the photograph by Renee Cox. Any thoughts on that one?
Cox's work often addresses social issues, especially related to race and gender.
As part of Cox's larger "Yo Mama" series in which she reinterprets traditional Catholic imagery, this image can be read as a Madonna and Child. Cox herself portrays the Madonna and her own son represents Christ.
I don’t see Madonna and Child.... but I do see how her body intersecting with her son makes a cross.
It’s true that historically the Madonna and Child are shown in a very different context, often seated or “enthroned” and never nude (at least, Mary is never nude). But Cox does refer to other traditional elements in her interpretation, such as the Madonna’s outward stare and the power of motherhood.
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Cox's work has been viewed as controversial for the way she reinterprets Catholic imagery, to which she says: "I have a right to interpret the Last Supper just as Leonardo da Vinci created the Last Supper with people who look like him." In this photo, Cox portrays herself and her son in a manner that references the Madonna and Child.