Rihanna Unveils Album Cover Created by Roy Nachum at Downtown LA Art Gallery

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Rihanna unveiled the cover for her eighth studio album, Anti, quite artistically on Wednesday night as she took over the MAMA gallery in DTLA’s Arts District.

The Bajan beauty unveiled seven original oil paintings by contemporary artist Roy Nachum that will be used as the official artwork for her album. Included in these seven paintings is the album cover, which depicts a young girl with a gold crown covering her eyes, and a black balloon strung tightly to her wrist, painted in multiple, intersecting views.  The back cover features an oil painting of the same young girl seen from behind.  Both paintings are cleverly inscribed with sculpted Braille poetry by Chloe Mitchel that spreads between the front and the back cover of the album.

Additional paintings featured as inside album artwork include poetry sculpted in Braille by Roy Nachum, which, coincidentally, is the first time an album has ever incorporated physical Braille. The Braille inscription will also allow people who are blind to experience an entire album by touch.

The seven paintings include:

  1. “IF THEY LET US”
    Poster Braille Translation from Album Packaging

2015, Oil On Convas
100 x 87 inches / 254 x 221 cm
Poet: Chloe Mitchell
I sometimes fear that I am misunderstood.

It is simply because what I want to say,

what I need to say, won’t be heard.

Heard in a way I so rightfully deserve.

What I choose to say is of so much substance

That people just won’t understand the depth of my message.

So my voice is not my weakness,

It is the opposite of what others are afraid of.

My voice is my suit and armor,

My shield, and all that I am.

I will comfortably breath in it, until I find the moment to be silent.

I live loudly in my mind, so many hours of the day.

The world is pin drop sound compared to the boom

That thumps and bumps against the walls of my cranium.

I live it and love it and despise it and I am entrapped in it.

So being misunderstood, I am not offended by the gesture, but honored.

If they let us…

  1. “IF THEY LET US Part I
    Front Cover Braille Translation from Album Packaging

2015, Oil On Canvas
51 x 45 inches / 130 x 114 cm
Poet: Chloe Mitchell
I sometimes fear that I am misunderstood.

It is simply because what I want to say,

what I need to say, won’t be heard.

Heard in a way I so rightfully deserve.

What I choose to say is of so much substance

That people just won’t understand the depth of my message.

So my voice is not my weakness,

It is the opposite of what others are afraid of.

  1. “IF THEY LET US Part II
    Back Cover Braille Translation from Album Packaging

2015, Oil On Canvas
51 x 45 inches / 130 x 114 cm
Poet: Chloe Mitchell
My voice is my suit and armor,

My shield, and all that I am.

I will comfortably breath in it, until I find the moment to be silent.

I live loudly in my mind, so many hours of the day.

The world is pin drop sound compared to the boom

That thumps and bumps against the walls of my cranium.

I live it and love it and despise it and I am entrapped in it.

So being misunderstood, I am not offended by the gesture, but honored.

If they let us…

  1. “FIRE Part I”
    Interior Artwork Braille Translation from Album Packaging

2015, Oil and Ash on Canvas 
46 x 38 inches  117 x 97 cm
Poet: Roy Nachum
Falling fast backwards into deep water.

As my eyes opened I knew that I was naked.

Floating on the waters surface.

Alone with the reflections of myself.

  1. “FIRE Part II” 
    Interior Artwork Braille Translation from Album Packaging
    2015, Oil and Ash on Canvas

46 x 38 inches / 117 x 97 cm
Poet: Roy Nachum
My face in deep shadows.

Dreams and ideas beyond limits.

The future is all I have to look forward to.

I turn myself inside out.

Only then am I whole.

  1. “FIRE Part III” 
    Interior Artwork Braille Translation from Album Packaging
    2015, Oil and Ash on Canvas

46 x 38 inches / 117 x 97 cm
Poet: Roy Nachum
Clouds replace the sunlight.

Expanding into the darkness.

The shoreline covered with night.

Backward strokes,

Deep breaths, salt air.

  1. “R‎”
    Interior Artwork Braille Translation from Album Packaging
    2015, Oil On Canvas
    90 x 7o inches / 229 x 178 cm

 

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