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It Made Sense…Mostly In Her Mind

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Portrait of a young woman with medium-dark skin tone rendered in grayscale set against a vibrant blue background. She wears horseback riding attire along with playful elements like a multicolored helmet and oversized bow; she holds a child's stick unicorn in her hand.

Amy Sherald, It Made Sense … Mostly In Her Mind, 2011; Oil on Canvas, 54 x 43 x 3 in.; National Museum of Women in the Arts, Promised Gift of Steven Scott, Baltimore, in Honor of the Artist, and the 25th Anniversary of the National Museum of Women in the Arts; © Amy Sherald

It Made Sense…Mostly In Her Mind
Amy Sherald

Amy Sherald’s life-size portraits juxtapose reality and fantasy. The central figure in It Made Sense…Mostly In Her Mind wears jodhpurs and a jacket—an appropriate uniform for a horseback rider. However, her multicolored helmet and oversized bow seem more playful. Rather than portraying a rider and her horse, Sherald paints her figure holding a children’s toy unicorn.

The costumes and props in It Made Sense…Mostly In Her Mind come from Sherald’s imagination and personal experiences. This work may recall her childhood horseback riding lessons. Typical of Sherald’s work, the figure’s skin tone is rendered in grayscale, and the vibrant background provides no clues about the time or setting.

Sherald says, “My work is about taking blackness past the stereotypes and opening it up to the imagination. These paintings exist in the liminal space between fantasy and reality. They start with color and costume. Usually, the image comes first and the meaning and words come second.”

Artwork Details

  • Artist

    Amy Sherald
  • Title

    It Made Sense…Mostly In Her Mind
  • Date

    2011
  • Medium

    Oil on canvas
  • Dimensions

    54 x 43 in.
  • Donor Credit

    Promised Gift of Steven Scott, Baltimore, in honor of the artist and the 25th Anniversary of the National Museum of Women in the Arts
  • Photo Credit

    © Amy Sherald
  • On Display

    Yes