Embracing vitiligo – Lee Thomas, pictured, said vitiligo challenged his personal identity as an African-American man. Darkness is a sign of strength, he said, and it was a process to acknowledge that he didn't lose his identity. "Color has nothing to do with the integrity of who I am," Thomas said.
Embracing vitiligo – Corne worked with photographer Bartek Stadnicki on these portraits. She would ask the subject to pose in front of the abstract background she painted, then would paint on the person in response to the backdrop and pose. Pictured, Betty Walker.
Embracing vitiligo – Corne said she saw a variety of emotions in her subjects' poses. Some looked confused, but most appeared to embrace their appearance. Pictured, Jessie Terrell.
Embracing vitiligo – Corne also takes portraits of people who don't have vitiligo, but she thinks the skin condition matches her goal of visualizing feelings. "It's how I feel emotions, how that skin condition happens in such a random matter," she said. Pictured, Nicolas Bridgeforth.
Embracing vitiligo – The skin of a person with vitiligo changes throughout his or her life, as do our emotions, Corne said. Pictured, Keith McCord.
Embracing vitiligo – "(We need) to be reminded that we are the same," Corne said. "There's only one human race." Pictured, Stephen Taylor.
Embracing vitiligo – Corne views her vitiligo portraits as a "celebration of uniqueness and validation of their feelings." Pictured, Marjorie Hall.
Embracing vitiligo – Corne's work will be on display at the Vienna Art Fair this fall. Pictured, Ogo Maduewesi.