24x24 Acrylic Canvass by Philly Artist, and Poet Ebony Malaika Collier titled: “Nicki Minaj is Dead.”
despite the brow raising moniker of said piece, the artist DOES NOT wish for any harm to befall Miss Minaj; nevertheless, she imagines that the passing of such an eye-catching Icon, would be like “all the colors of Minaj’s hair, clothes, and makeup - melting or dripping.”
to me, it looks as if the painting itself, is weeping. on the left you have explosive colors, appearing to descend in mourning. center right, a darker, murkier state of grief, with a stroke of bright yellow in the top right corner, that seems to signify Minaj’s true radiance in life.
i’m sure the name alone, is disturbing for some folk, but that is what makes this piece genius. the most influential art will ALWAYS have an air of defiance, and controversy. it evokes feeling (be it negative or positive), creates conflict (even within one’s self), and of course, conjures conversation.