Newcomb Art Museum of Tulane University
Statement by Butch Frosch, on his artistic response to Tremica Henry’s experience: This piece is inspired by the story of Tremica Henry. It is a symbol of her beauty, courage, and strength. Because most Pop Art depicts stories of white suburbia life, I felt it was important to tell Tremica’s story in a space where generally, women of color are not represented. When creating this piece, I used inspiration from Roy Lichtenstein because his style has not depicted women of color who are incarcerated. The child in the painting represents Tremica's children and the separation that mothers endure while being imprisoned. The cloud formation over the Superdome is a symbol of the devastation Hurricane Katrina brought at the time of Tremica’s incarceration, and the use of teal color surrounding the dome represents the horrific flooding from the storm.
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This object was included in the following exhibitions: