Miss X is one among many prints by Dox Thrash that portray honest and moving scenes of African American life during the mid 20th century. Reflecting the general scope and style of his oeuvre, this print offers the angled and striking features of his subjects within atmospheric shadows and light. This affecting and unique aura is directly related to the medium of Carborundum printing, which Thrash invented at the Fine Print Workshop of the Works Progress Administration Federal Art Project in Philadelphia. Primary to Thrash’s practice, he optimized the dramatic effects of this technique to convey the strength and dignity of the working class he honored in his artistic portrayals.
From the Detroit Institute of Arts' exhibiton of selections from the Walter O. Evans Collection of African American Art, 2006.