Katherine Johnson by Victoria Villasana
Part of the Powerful Female series, Victoria Villasana celebrates black history month with a portrait of Katherine Johnson; a woman famous for being one of the first African-American women to work for NASA as a scientist. While the triangular puzzle embroidered from a pair of red glasses might appear random, it is really a reflection of the portrait’s subject – for Johnson’s study of geometry had great influence on the success of the first moon landing.
Katherine Johnson is a piece that well-represents Villasana’s interests; for she merges together multiple worlds of history, feminism, politics and art. The juxtapositions between subject matter and artistic licence may be considered a stereotype for the female artist, however, Villasana’s work presents itself to be much more than that.
Words by Chloe Copley