Born and raised in Harlem, Kay Brown was the only female artist of the renowned group known as the Weusi Artist Collective, whose work identified with their African ancestry and sociopolitical issues of the time. Brown was also a co-founder of “Where We At,” an artist collective for Black female artists. Brown’s etching, Sister Alone in Rented Room, features an isolated woman who represents the difficulties associated with urban life, poverty and lonesomeness. In a 1982 brochure for the exhibit, “Where We At” Black Women Artists; A Tapestry of Many Fine Threads,” Kay Brown describes this work as:
“an etching that represents the black women who traveled to the main northern cities of America from the South or from other countries of the world, forced to leave their children behind.”
Title: Sister Alone in Rented Room
Artist: Kay Brown (1932 – 2012)
Medium: etching on paper
Dimensions: Image: 25 ¼ x 19 ¾ inches; Framed: 26 ½ x 22 ½ inches
Accession Number: H77.8
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