Now thought of as quintessential southern food, black-eyed peas began as food for slaves, thought of as animal feed. Later in the 1960s as black farmers across the South began to form co-ops, there was a strong movement away from the foods that had been so central to survival as slaves. Black-eyed peas were one of the items rejected as the food of oppression.
In more recent years black-eyed peas have been reclaimed as a symbol of survival and resilience. Now they are eaten by blacks and whites alike for good luck and prosperity to celebrate New Years.
This original piece is made with archival acrylic paint on a raised birch wood panel. Includes title, date, and artist signature.
It measures 24" L x 18" H x 1.5" D, and arrives ready to hang, including drywall mounts.