We Were Laughing on the Sun Porch
American, born 1958
Looking for inspiration from the belief systems of African peoples and their descendants throughout the African diaspora, Renee Stout embarks on an anthropological investigation characterized by self-examination, self-empowerment and self-healing. Her suite of paintings titled “Pretty Wings (Part 1)” consists of four works with enigmatic titles that evoke personal memories of shared experiences: “We Shared a Ripe Mango,” “No Match for Your Demons,” “We Were Laughing on the Sun Porch,” and “The Missing Book.” Each panel presents a vignette that suggests the fragment of a narrative left for the viewer to complete. “Pretty Wings (Part 1)” is rich with images of mysterious objects that conjure pivotal moments of life hidden in the recesses of memory.