Michelle Obama's Nude Bust empowers women as they fight for topless rights
GoTopless contacted the artist to ask him about this artwork currently displayed at the American National Gallery of Art in NYC because to GoTopless women, it trancends in different ways women’s struggle for topless equal rights.
Indeed, the First Lady of the United States is represented topless and free, empowered and dignified. She also embodies the way her women ancestors must have proudly appeared before the religion of the colonizer covered them with shame.
GT: Why were you inspired to represent the First Lady in her African ethnicity?
I wanted to make the example of Michelle Obama embracing her ethnicity, because I didn't think that it would ever happen in any visible, superficial way. I wanted to make the statement that she brings a new look to the Whitehouse, and that it is a historical event, and for the sake of of future scrutinization, she should not appear to be downplaying her ethnicity by courting comparisons to Jackie Kennedy just to appeal to white voters. Michelle Obama is the first example of a new era.