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WOMANHOOD: The Double Consciousness of Performance and Representation

In this self-portrait Hidden Figures: In Full Bloom Patrice explores coming of age into womanhood and the notion of ‘double consciousness’ or ‘two selves’. She expresses the constant negotiation between (performance) to adapt to cultural norms and (true identity) as represented in the botanical dual-portrait. Patrice seeks to use nature as an allegory to explore the duality femininity and personal growth. Within the piece the floral blooms cascade throughout the portrait camouflaging the image, much like plants in nature blending into its surroundings for survival while displaying a captivating beauty to admire and explore.

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