The Bluest Eye: Toni Morrison and Pecola Breedlove  -  All binaries have implicit values of positive and negative. Black and white, in particular, carry a socially loaded quantity of connotations, connotations that ultimately have very little to do with the colours themselves: black is dirty; white is clean; black is suspect; white is innocent; black is menacing; white is good. It is these associations that Toni Morrison explores, and yet the connections are never blatant, there are no tidy deductions or obvious enemies. The journey is turbulent and the conclusions are often disturbing. It is a little black girl, after all, who desperately wants to have blue eyes, and it is this ‘silly, little’ wish, like so many other details, that carry such contradictory connotations. Not only are characters, such as Pecola, defined by external standards and cruel perceptions, they also apply many of those same standards to themselves. The result, of course, is devastation. The Bluest Eye illustrates how the social fabric can be so drenched with inequality and insecurity that it bleeds into everything it comes into contact with. In the end it is not so much the perceptions of ‘others’ that is the tragedy but the perception of ‘self’.

 

 

The Bluest Eye : Toni Morrison and Pecola Breedlove.

Pyrography & acrylic with lacquer finish.

48" x 48"

2006