Fistula, 2022, Oil on canvas, 60 x 48"
Debra Cartwright is interested in depicting the relationship between the black female body and American medical history. She uses paint and mixed media to explore selfhood and her own positioning as the daughter of a gynecologist. Themes in her work include re-embodiment, myth creation, violence, theft and intimacy. She explores a critical understanding of the past while also examining the American healthcare system.