Dolls, 2017, Yvonne Muinde, Oil on canvas, 8" x 24", $2,700

Original size is 3020 × 1000 pixels

“This is a painting of how these dolls influence the young minds of our children. If you look closely, you will notice they are all the same in their generic configurations, yet they have different pigmentation that, per marketing and focus groups, make the child of the same skin tone pick up the doll that best represents them. What the marketing gurus haven’t noticed is that they have the answer to racial equality and have had it since the first doll of colour hit the manufacturing lines. Before you spray on the skin tone of the doll, we really are all just the same.” — Yvonne Muinde