The question arises “Does this commentary enhance the viewer’s appreciation of the portrait?” Everyone will come away with the different answer to this question.
For my part, it adds nothing. The painting can stand on its own merits which on my viewing have nothing to do with the artists description of it.
So the more basic question is: if an artist has to explain that she is “focusing on how to query a brown body navigates sexuality of both enunciation and erasure within Western society” could it be that viewer might not have got the point. I certainly didn’t.
Given that I have completely missed the point of this portrait, I will finish by saying that I cannot understand a word of the artist’s commentary either.