A need to simplify
The body of work that I am creating is titled "A need to simplify". The illustrations and paintings in this series include self-portraits that give a raw and unfiltered view of the inner self. What drives this work is ultimately my search for knowledge and understand of self. Through deconstructing and recreating the perspective in which I am view by others, I am able to gain back ownership of my own autonomy as a black woman. Through a mixed media approach, I create images that give beauty and hope to the shackles and weights that burden the black female form. The daily overthinking and anxiety placed upon us by the societal pressures of both race and gender are visually transformed into almost weightless and ethereal adornments of this struggle.