Menina, 2018

oil on canvas • 54 x 76 inches
About the Work

Fabric enshrouds a tall, standing figure’s body like a skin, dressing her in raw untreated canvas and leaving only a feathered hat and two, gloved hands visible. This unknown woman rests one gloved hand almost maternally behind a young girl’s head, and casually holds a long hunting rifle with the other. The viewer is drawn to this young, fair skinned black child. She stands beside and slightly in front the unknown, wrapped figure. Her expressive, endearing face stares pointedly forward and her small delicate hands rest on either side of a gown, which identifies her as royalty. This painting nods to Diego Velázquez’s most iconic work.