Ella bronze sculpture


female nude

“We are Black women born into a society of entrenched loathing and contempt for whatever is Black and female. We are strong and enduring. We are also deeply scarred.”

Excerpt From: Audre Lorde. “ Sister Outsider.” 

Ella made its debut at Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art, Friday, August 6, 1999 “Artist Up Front Street” solo exhibition “I’is.” “El Bembón Y Ella” along with “Body and Soul” was the talk of The Bacardi Limited 2000 Bermuda Biennial. Juried by Susan Masuoka M.A. M.F.A. in design Ph.D. in art history. Director of the Tufts University Gallery in Boston, MA., gives critiques at the School of The Museum of Fine Arts School in Boston and teaches art history at Brandeis University. El Bembón was also in The Hampton University Museum, The International Review of African American Art (IRAAA).

Ella, my female bronze sculpture. Oddly, El Bembóm male bronze sculpture is all dressed up with no place to go. So where is he to go? Cognitively, (Huh, weird, I know.) back to his childhood to seek control, to redirect insecurities, the not so safe moments of his life. Hoping for different outcomes where he’ll feel love and acceptance. He goes to Ella, (her). Ella, the object of his irrational desires the cause for anxieties. The women: his mother, aunts, and grandmothers his reason for being; his obligation stronger than self-respect the source of his guilt, to defend and protect, or to die for.

Ella (Spanish for her) Ella is nurturing, full breasted with a phat-ass. Her soft body ready for hugs, her vagina a sheath for securing all manhood. Her tender heart protected with iron from life’s disappointments searching for fathers in stranger’s arms; mother’s love and reassurance in her chastise; desires that will soothe her insecurities, her fears. She gives births to Lovers, nursed with milk through guilt nipple.

…come to my woman’s breast, and take my milk for gall, you murdering ministers…

… I have given suck, and know how tender ‘tie to love the babe that milks me…

Lady Macbeth

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