Writing young lovers into art history and more with artist Kennedi Carter
When you peer through the deep reds of Kenndi Carter’s work, you’re not just squinting into a love story. Under the blood of her work you catch highlights almost golden to the touch , deep skin and shadow navigating as its own character. The subject: young lovers. Carter sometimes builds images featuring young lovers using classic paintings as the foundation. The Birth of Venus (goddess of love, sex and fertility) was painted in the mid 1400s by Italian Painter, Sandro Botticelli. Kennedi spins her own version with Venus Pudica using common house textures, home light and shadow to tell a different story.
In her portrait Divine Feminine, we see a play on the halos commonly painted behind early western depictions of saints and other holy figures. Kennedi swaps out that history to favor black bodies and pared-down objects and placement while wrapping these ideas about young lovers.
With still two years left in college, Kennedi’s career is dotted beautiful accomplishments from a 2018 Photo Vouge Festival feature, to VSCO’s Walk in the Sun exhibition! She’s on her way. To learn more about Kennedi, affectionately known on the web as @internetbby, follow her here!