No Peace for Sophy was in progress when George Floyd was killed, which influenced me to think more broadly about the work & its message. Sophy was my third great grandmother, who was enslaved by the Madison family, then freed after Emancipation. She is every Black woman. I used images of Harriet Tubman (abolitionist and political activist) and Kara Walker (contemporary artist), as source material for this sculpture. She is hugging the white dove, (a symbol of peace), defiantly. White is also the color of her oppressor. They are equal in this moment. Still, the golden egg is inside her, but unreachable.
All images copyright Jocelyn Braxton Armstrong