89DAMES explores the beauty of Black women from the so-called ‘glamorous’ era of the 1950’s and 1960’s. Stylo Starr strives to commemorate and preserve the light and beauty of a myriad of Black women from the past, in a current social climate that insists, rather, on demonizing and marginalizing contemporary Black women. Where history stops short at Monroe, Hepburn or Taylor, Starr focuses her scope on the Kitts, Fitzgeralds and Hornes of the same era that graced the covers of former weekly digest, JET Magazine. Stylo places value in becoming familiar with the faces and energies of each woman through the careful, yet impulsive manipulation of photo transfer on paper collage.
Stylo Starr is a visual alchemist, known primarily for her multi-layered collage work, which has been featured on large public installations, international publications and apparel. Starr’s visual investigations surround predominantly BIPOCs and their relationship to the basic principles and elements of design, while reaffirming their agency as revered subjects of art history.
“For Starr, her work is a ‘practice in revolutionary love’, rejecting the lingering effects of white supremacist ideology.“Evelyn Myrie
Image Credit: Stylo Starr, Edna Mae Robinson, from the series 89DAMES, 2015, Toner transfer on paper, lace. Courtesy of artist.