The whole image celebrates strong, Black women.
All of these objects have lots of meaning. Let’s dive deeper into symbolism
Take a look at where the birds are flying from. If they are coming out of the heart, what do you think that means?
Why do many arms? Vanessa German says it’s because Black women have a lot to carry. Not physical things but emotional things like joy and sadness and also a lot of history.
The artist Vanessa german says the brush is for two things: to brush away things that are not useful and to clean out the voice. Seems like this woman has something to say!
Tin Noise Maker
This is here so this woman can make noise!
The watermelon was originally a symbol of freedom for African Americans. After slavery, many African Americans grew watermelons to support themselves.