This artwork is by SNMA Member and Mayo Medical School student, Kayla Nixon. Reaching, an acrylic painting on canvas inspired by the coloring style and elongated figures of artist Ernie Barnes, addresses the pertinent issues in African American society of education, parenting, and the lack of one or both. Stereotypes and media representation are confronted by the uncommon image of a black girl feverishly climbing through shelves of books. This painting, one of Kayla’s personal favorites, was completed in 2009.
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