What is your background?
I am a 21 year old black American woman currently studying graphic design. I am also a freelance digital painter and hope to begin a career in the music industry and continue into social justice or fair trade organizations.
What my work aims to say
I am in the long, possibly never ending process of building up my style and coming to terms with the art that I want and feel I need to create. My work comments on the stereotypes that women of color face. We are often expected to remain unemotional and strong through the tragedies we encounter on a daily basis in this country. I aim to combat the idea that women of color, specifically black women, cannot be soft, delicate, and emotional - and stand strong in these emotions. My work portrays women of color in an ethereal and emotive way because we are plagued by the idea that we are only a singular identity rather than multiple identities all wrapped in (gorgeous) brown skin. I want to challenge that.
How does your work comment on current social and political influences?
The current political and social scene in America is a war zone for black women and I want to create work that allows us to take comfort in our emotions and find solace with each other in our shared experiences. I hope to create a community in which women of color can come together and be emotional, vulnerable, and unaffected by negative stereotypes.
What are the obstacles that female artists still encounter today in regard to their art, or the fact it's made by woman?
Female artists have always encountered issues with validation in the art world. We are often overlooked, stolen from, or forgotten about and although it is progressing better in society today, I feel that for the most part, female artists do not get their due respect. I hope for a future in which female art is more highly regarded, respected, and appreciated by all.
What advantages are there for being a woman in the art world?
Though being a woman in the art world comes with its challenges, I have found that the experience has been pleasant in the ways that women unite together. I have found a new community in female artists that makes me feel at home in a way that society has never really offered me - especially with women of color in the art world. I feel that because we are such a minority, we share many experiences and can find comfort with each other through our art and that is an incredibly beautiful thing.
Durham - USA