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'Three Grace Tryout', Ink, acrylic, oil on canvas, 5x7', 2000©

Jesse Helms would almost certainly not enjoy Zoë Charlton’s commentary on the black female experience. The Baltimore-based artist’s juxtapositions of banal middle-class symbols (such as the picket fence) with sexually charged imagery are disturbing and beautiful, but it isn’t always clear what the viewer is supposed to take away from them.

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