Poet Claudia Rankine beautifully encapsulates Field Theories cover artist Toyin Ojih Odutola's work in a new article for Aperture, "A New Grammar for Blackness":
Blackness, for her, is not only her subject; it is also her question. The space of blackness is itself the subject of her portraits. Historically, in a narrow read, blackness becomes unilaterally a signifier of race. But in Odutola’s work, race is there or it is not there, but its presence is never without our perceptions and projections. Blackness on the level of the line simply fills the terrain of the body with blackness.