Glazed salt fired stoneware, circa 2004. Approximately 483x558x558 mm; 19x22x22 inches.
Provenance: acquired directly from the artist; private collection.
This vessel is an excellent, early example of the Leigh's work in salt-fired stoneware in which she explores the imagery of the black female body, the romanticization of primitivism and fertility. Leigh has often explored the experiences and social histories of black women through ceramics for over 25 years. Her work in ceramic makes multi-layered references to African traditions, feminism, ethnographic research, postcolonial theory and racial politics.
Simone Leigh created a related vessel in black, entitled Pitch, pictured in the data base of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum. A similar vessel in white was sold at Sotheby's New York on September 26, 2019.