To receive flowers is to be worthy of affection, and in the series “Women of Color Don't Receive Flowers”, Panmela paints flowers sent or delivered to her, by acquaintances and strangers.
It is a set of works dedicated to her “relentless search for affection”, where each of the painted flowers is named after the person who gave it to the artist. Panmela paints every flower she receives, as she feels that not painting the gifts is like a rejection of the affection that the others give to her.
The title refers to theories related to “Loneliness of the Black Woman” by authors such as Ana Claudia Lemos Pacheco, Claudete Alves da Silva Souza, bell hooks, in addition to the original phrase by Gabriela Moura that went viral on Facebook some time ago.
“Women of Color Don’t Receive Flowers (Ademar Britto)”, oil on canvas, 27 1/2 x 19 3/4 x 3 1/8 in, 2021. Image: Acervo Panmela Castro
Painting of the work "Women of Color Don't Receive Flowers (Heloisa Buarque de Hollanda)", in the artist's former studio in Rio de Janeiro.
“Women of Color Don’t Receive Flowers (Ademar Marinho)”, oil on linen, 27 1/5 x 19 3/4 x 1 5/8 in, 2021. Image: Acervo Panmela Castro
Panmela Castro receives flowers from her guests at the opening of the exhibition "To Flaunt is to be Alive", at Galeria Luisa Strina, in São Paulo.
“Women of Color Don’t Receive Flowers (Maybel Sulamita)”, oil on linen, 27 1/2 x 19 3/4 x 3 1/8, 2021. Image: Acervo Panmela Castro
View of some of the works that composes the "Women of Color Don't Receive Flowers" series, by Panmela Castro.