Description of Qusuquzah

Qusuquzah, the model seen here, recurs in Mickalene Thomas’s work.  Here, the artist has layered a silkscreen print, thickly applied acrylic paint, and a bejeweled collage into a portrait of one of her favorite sitters, and applied it to a background reminiscent of 1970s living-room paneling.  Ms. Thomas was inspired by computer-manipulated images, where certain areas may be resized and recolored. The rhinestones transform the portrait into an eye-catching celebration of a confident, self-possessed woman.

  • Artist: Mickalene Thomas (American, born 1971)
  • Created: 2015
  • Credit Line: Marion Stratton Gould Fund, 2015.1