Aunt Jemima Original Art for Sale
Outsider Art – Raw parody of racial taboos in puritanical America versus Paris, where most taboos eventually fade. Comedic fodder of black history images and the black mammy stereotypes in America and in France through varied images of American food icons Colonel Sanders and Aunt Jemima conducting and interracial affair in Paris. Betye Saar's 1972 "The Liberation of Aunt Jemima" made a statement. Ealy Mays presents a comedic update.
All is good and in Paris where there are few racial taboos and where most barriers - interracial or homosexuality – are not as frowned upon. Such was Alain Locke’s excitement after passing some time in the company of Langston Hughes in Paris, that Locke wrote to Hughes declaring, “Today, the atmosphere is like atomized gold, and last night, you know how it was.. I needed one such day and one such night to tell you how much I love you”.
In Paris, people mostly do not care. James Baldwin described the legend of Paris as follows: “The city where everyone loses his head and his morals, lives through at least one 'histoire d’amour', ceases, quite to arrive anywhere on time, and thumbs his nose at the puritans – the city, in brief, where all become drunken on the fine old air of freedom”.
Banania Note! In his book “Black Skin, White Mask”, Franz Fanon, Martiniquan and one of France’s best black writer philosopher (and a founder of the Negritude Movement along with Aime Cesaire), pointed out the grinning Senegalese “Tirailleur” as an example of how the consumer culture has not only made the Negro and object, but also as “an object in the midst of other objects”
Ealy Mays’ online art gallery features, comedic art narratives of black women stereotypes through the prism of an interracial affair between Aunt Jemima and Colonel Sanders carried out in Paris.