“To become Spring means accepting the risk of winter. To become presence, means accepting the risk of absence.” Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Title: Queen is a Behaviourism
Bio:I want this art to open up a dialog amongst other black women, the same way it did for me. It helped me realise I am a Queen, I am my culture and more importantly I am a sista.
This bio is a load of BS, I didn’t mean any of it! Why do I have to conform to the “norm” – can I not just be myself?
I wrote this bio for Queen is a Behaviourism, I wanted to submit this piece of art to an online magazine that featured black artists. I felt like I had to write about being black to get featured. Every other artist that was featured had drawn the same generic image and it was boring beyond belief:
- The black woman cradling her newborn
- A black man with a spliff
- A black man standing next to a lion
- Blah blah blah fucking blah!
Where is the originality!? Would they feature me if they thought my race and and sistahood wasn’t the inspiration for this piece? The truth is, I simply drew her based on a picture I saw of a black woman sitting in a chair, funny, a lot of people assume it is a self portrait, it isn’t. I sat at my desk, looked at this woman’s hair and thought, her hair needs to
be recreated, oooh and I like her lips. I sat at my desk for hours sketching, erasing, sketching, erasing until I was happy to lay the paint down. I knew I wanted her to be bright, bold, eye-catching and beautiful and I believe that is exactly what she is.
Queen is a Behaviourism is by far one of my favourite pieces, she was a lot of fun to create. The process took me on a journey, one that I’d love to go on again. I enjoyed the art because I allowed myself to be free, the most important features where the lips and hair, they were the only pre-thought out aspects everything else was a creation from within.
This piece was not feature in the magazine but it’s cool, I’m going to keep creating art the only way I know how. Do you feel pressured to conform to the “norm” or you a rebel, like me, that simply believes in self-expression and create inspiration?