Mammy Contemporary Art: Jamama Lena ©

Title: Jamama Lena
Type: Oil on Canvas
Year Painted: 2010
Dimensions: L 39.5" (99.9 cm) W 32" (81.5 cm)
Price: $3,500 - Also available in prints and memorabilia

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On the right, objectified Mammy as she often negatively portrayed - as a domestic servant, maid who is generally good-natured, often overweight, middle aged, loud, sensually and sexually unattractive 'Aunt Chloe', and non-threatening in the eyes of her employers.  On the left - the real Mammy on the inside - thoughts of sharpened knives and gun in tow, the undercover member of the "soul patrol." 

Lena Baker was an African American maid who was executed for murder by the State of Georgia in 1945 for killing her employer, Ernest Knight, in 1944. At her trial she said that he had imprisoned and threatened to shoot her should she try to leave. She took his gun and shot him. Baker was the only woman to be executed by electrocution in Georgia. In 2005 she was granted a full and unconditional pardon by the State of Georgia, 60 years after her execution.


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Here you will find the works of one of the most prolific African American artists. Based in Paris, France, this selection includes current masterpieces as well retrospectives from a body of over 30 years as an ethnic artist painting in the United States, Latin America, the Caribbean, and Europe. Your choice of paintings, prints, posters, postcards, puzzles, memorabilia, T-shirts, collectibles, accessories,and more, is only a click away. Read more

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