This piece first debuted as part of the artist's first solo exhibition with the gallery entitled, Stolen, which focussed on the misappropriation of black culture in the media.

"Pussy on a Pedestal” is a work from the artist’s “Seven Deadly Sins,” series. With “Seven Deadly Sins” Roberts relates historical concepts of spiritual corruption to manifestations of immorality in our world today. Each work in the series takes a critical look at the ways in which contemporary society encourages excess and escapism, particularly in the context of traditional Judeo-Christian notions of morality.

This particular piece represents the sin of “Lust.” The contorted female figures twisted atop the pedestal symbolize the over-idealization of sex as a form of escaping reality or avoiding deeper emotional issues (particularly in heteronormative representations of black success today). Immobilized in the form of this macabre statue, here Roberts has quite literally cast women as objects of desire. Their shrunken heads and mask like faces allude to the dehumanization brought on by an impersonal attitude towards intimacy and relationships. With the exit door pictured in the background, the artist again suggests the escapism associated with indulging in lust.

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