Doggett focuses on America’s tragic legacy of white supremacy, slavery and the trauma that is often revised or erased by dominant historical narratives. She keeps her ideas fresh and in conversation with gender identity, the erasure of historical racial violence, current racism and the oppression of black women.
Of her work, Doggett says, “Kept Inside: His Vices is a new body of work focusing on the lurid indoctrination of control doled out by the chattel slave master and those in his stead. This exhibition seeks to bridge the gap between false narratives and brutal truths, bringing to light the relationship between that of the slave and the slaver for what it really was.”
In her primarily figurative paintings and drawings, she re-contextualizes racial stereotypes to raise questions such as, “Can one function in a world in which one must answer directly to their vigilant oppressor? Can one continue to behave in a normal means when the foot of oppression lies actively on their necks?”
Impersonal platforms, sexual violence and leverages of control are illustrated in her works that open a dialogue on raw topics surrounding falsified truths and the ongoing implications of slavery’s stamp on race relations.
Pushing back against having been told to “tone it down” in the past, Doggett makes work that surpasses boldness in its provocative honesty. It is difficult, charged and powerful.
Doggett is based in Nashville and received her BFA from Nashville’s Watkins College of Art in 2018. While working as both an artist and educator, she has won many awards and has participated in solo and group exhibitions in the region. Her work and its reviews have been published in Rhizome, Nashville Arts and New American Paintings, among others. The Princeton University Museum of Art recently purchased a work of hers for their permanent collection.