Tita's Portrait

Artist Name: 
Richela Fabian Morgan
Acrylic paint and collage on canvas.
Dimensions (width x height x depth): 
40" x 60"

Filipino American artist Richela Fabian Morgan created this portrait in response to the rising incidents of Asian American hate crimes—specifically towards women—that grew out of the frustrations and fears of the recent pandemic. Her personal experience has informed this work. While this can be interpreted as a self-portrait, the subject of the painting is “Tita,” which means “aunt” in Tagalog (the official language of the Philippines). The woman in this portrait is the generic "aunt" or “auntie” in every Asian community, and is a term of honor and respect. There are many titas or aunties in every Asian community. She can be a mother, sister, daughter, or someone that is simply part of the community. She belongs and is protected by the community. Ms. Morgan identifies with being a Tita. But when she steps outside her community, she feels predatory eyes dissecting her worth. She hears words that rob her of her humanity and dignity. She is reduced to an idea of misinformation that is hated and hunted.

Price: $1,150.00
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