Untitled (Chicken), 2013- Paper Collage by Cherelle Sappleton
Cherelle Sappleton is an Afro-Caribbean visual artist based in London, England. The images she creates are a surreal take on the representation of the body through photographic media, sometimes they are humorous, sometimes unsettling. The collages are an exploration of her racial heritage in relation to the proliferation of the white female body in western media.
Editing to add — What is a contemporary Caribbean Woman? <— read more here
“However, in more recent times, the possibility arises that there could be a new image of the Caribbean Woman brewing and coming through in full force through our emerging artists, who are finding new waves to overlay the foundation for a new iconography in a less aggressive manner. By seemingly omitting interaction with earlier stereotypes, they are envisioning a clean slate of representation.
Take for example the 2011 piece by Brianna McCarthy (b.1984) entitled Jump Out Yourself. There is no angst of frustration at her predicament of being a female artist in the region. The collage piece could be seen as an exploration of her identity as a woman and the roles associated with it, and the complexities of sieving through those roles to find her personal purpose.”
"Leda and the Swan is a motif from Greek mythology, in which Zeus came to Leda in the form of a swan. According to later Greek mythology, Leda bore Helen and Polydeuces, children of Zeus while at the same time bearing Castor and Clytemnestra, children of her husband Tyndareus, the King of Sparta. That is one hot looking Swan."