A NOTE ON OUR COVER
Buseje Baily is a Black artist and
activist who lives in Toronto. Born in Jamaica, she received her Bachelor of
Fine Arts from York University, where she majored in sculpture and printmaking.
Her way of being active in the community is through her paintings. She is
developing her curatorial skills, co-curating a show due to open in February
1989 for Black Women, "When and Where We Enter," at A-Space Gallery. She is
also starting a collective and organizing space for the Centre for Black
The painting [untitled] on our front
cover is a portrait of her daughter Cherrel, and resulted from the artist's
need to incorporate child rearing into her work as an artist. "Third World
Madonnas," which appears on the back cover, is a response to the art-school
notion of classic European madonnas; represented are Black mothers who are
struggling to raise their kids - and, in the artist's words - "through the ages
we've done a pretty good job, in spite of the European intruders' assumption
that they know better."