The black female body has been described as a reservoir for the trepidations of Western culture, “a dumping ground for those female functions a basically Puritan society could not confront.”[1] 


By culling information from various archives and feminist texts (often with alternating and overlapping perspectives from both sides of the oppressor/oppressed binary) Hunter uses her work to critique the (mis/non)-representation of Black female bodies in art historical text and imageries as well as the stereotypical portrayals of those bodies in contemporary print media.


Her point of entry into these themes has been to employ and exaggerate popular advertising techniques used in magazines in an attempt to critique the manner in which the female body continues to be idealized and “sold” (to men for consumption and women for validation). 


Hunter's recent body of work has expanded to include personal strategies for coping with the weight of those impositions by examining the value of self-care practices to improved mental health and quality of life. The result of this expansion has allowed for an additional and often under-examined facet of the black female experience to be brought to the fore, that is, unexploited vulnerability in all of the many ways it can manifest itself.

[1] Barbara Christian, Black Feminist Criticism, Perspectives on Black Women Writers (New York: Pergamon, 1985)