For my body of work, I sought to explore “How do I draw and paint black girls in ways they aren’t typically represented?”. I focused on two things: the first being depicting us in happy, positive ways. The depiction of black girls in media is normally marred by trauma, sourness, and aggression so it was important to me to show something different.
I also didn’t want the pictures to be politicized. I find too often, being black, and gay, and a woman that all parts and intersections of my indentitify are automatically politicized just by nature of my existing. So, I wanted to make portraits of black girls just being as they are without any other narrative being pushed onto them.