Bearden 100

#9 Khayam and The Black Girl
By Romare Bearden


Selected by Monique Schubert

Khayam and The Black Girl - 1971, Collage Mixed-Media

I have long admired the work of Romare Bearden for several reasons: 1) his work is just plain beautiful to look at and, to me, beauty is an important quality in a work of Art! 2) Bearden's work shows so much invention and imagination. The Artist allows the viewer see his vision of the world. When I look at Bearden's work colors become emotions, shapes become sounds, layers become reflections of memories. In his work the whole is so much more than the sum of the parts and I am transported to the consistent world of story and sensation that he creates. In “Khayam and the Black Girl,” I am drawn to the complex overall patterns of natural elements in which the human figures are an integral part. Nature reflects their intimacy and enhances it. The collage is satisfying as a whole and every inch of the image offers a surprising delight for the mind and the eye to contemplate.

Monique Schubert

Painter & Visual Artist
Brooklyn, NY

Loves Me, Loves Me Not - 2011, 76” x 60”, Acrylic & Flashe Paint on Canvas

Originally from Providence, RI, Monique Schubert has a BS from Skidmore College with a major in Painting and an MFA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In 2000 she attended the prestigious Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Monique works in a variety of 2-D media including painting, drawing, printmaking and large-scale paper cut-outs. She has presented solo shows in Brooklyn, NY and Chapel Hill, NC. Monique has participated in numerous group shows including Garveyism at RUSH Arts in 2008, Gentrification: The Pink Elephant Speaks at MoCADA, and Fela: Life After Death at the Caribbean Cultural Center and Diasporic Institute, both in 2010. She recently showed new paintings in a two-person show at the Broadway Gallery in Manhattan, as well as prints/drawings that were created during her time as a Fellow at the Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop at the Blackburn 20/20 Gallery.

Artist Statement: “Pattern and repetition are important elements in my work as they represent the habits of speech, thought and action that define each individuals experience in daily life. The accumulation of patterns, drawn elements and “accidental” marks create an abstract ground that is inhabited by a human element – represented by figures or silhouettes. These figure/ground relationships reflect the interconnected and overlapping patterns that are created when individuals and groups interact. I am interested in how we, human beings, exist as part of the natural world, how we respond and adapt, how we build culture and community.”