Honorable Mention / 2018 / Fine Art / Digitally Enhanced


  • Photographer
    Tawny Chatmon

Paintings from the Golden Age continue to captivate and haunt me. I draw inspiration from
the golden baroque frames, rich tints and hues and the otherworldly technical skill. At
the same time, I feel a disconnection to these works as well. I remain haunted by the
historical representation of black faces in classical western art and culture. Often
depicted as servants, props or not at all. Though a photographer, not a master painter, I
have a lingering devotion to create contemporary imagery with hints of renaissance
references celebrating the often hidden beauty of people of color.

In this series I loosely combine traces of African and African American culture with
renaissance undertones.

The creation of this series includes photography, photo manipulation, montage and