Beverly McIver – Clown Portraits Diary
Dimensions: 16 x 16″ unframed
Medium: ink and sewn thread on canvas
Beverly McIver’s artwork is personal, revealing her struggles as a black woman, artist, family member, and friend. She exposes her vulnerability in this diary entry work by describing her clown painting series and why she painted them.
The raw, sewn border is something that McIver did frequently in these diary works, showing the rawness of materials as analogous to her inner state. Faith Ringgold, one of McIver’s greatest mentors, friends, and collectors, encouraged McIver to use materials and subjects that were honest reflections of her own life.