12” x 16”
Edition of 100
In this work of art, a solitary figure takes center stage, casting a brilliant light across the sinuous urban landscape. Superimposed with the iconic likeness of Anita Baker, the illustrious singer and songwriter, this piece delves into the themes of romance and unbridled freedom of expression.
Within the artwork's vibrant atmosphere, the symphony of life plays out, accompanied by the lustrous pearls of luxury that adorn the symbols of travel. The musical notes embody the essence of artistic liberty and the rich cultural heritage of the African-American community.
In the background, a complex web of connections, reminiscent of power lines, weaves its way through the narrative. This intricate network, although occasionally marked by adversity, symbolizes the unwavering strength and resilience of the African American community. The work is a testament to the abundance and interconnectedness of this community as they embark on a journey toward liberation and freedom, guided by the transformative power of song and play.
Jamaal Peterman (b. 1990, Fort Lauderdale, FL; lives and works in Brooklyn, NY/MD) received his MFA at Pratt Institute (2019) and BFA from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (2014). He has been included in exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Art (MoCADA), Public ArtFund, New York; the University of Chicago; Kavi Gupta, Chicago; James Fuentes, New York and Vigo Gallery, London.Peterman has been awarded the Peter S. Reed Foundation grant, commissioned by MoMA PS1 and has undertaken residencies at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, MASS MoCA, Wassaic Project Residency, Fountainhead Residency.