My theme of my gallery is my about me finding my identity as a black female. I want my theme to display the process of me slowly embracing my heritage as you go farther into my work. I want my works to be a story for every black kid that had felt like they didn’t belong, and had to go through this process of self love by themselves. My theme came from my life as I grew up in a predominantly white middle and elementary school so I had grown to associate beauty with European standards. During this time I often felt envy my hair wasn’t straight enough or my skin wasn’t fair enough to be considered something. As I was distancing myself from this environment, and reminding myself the beauty of my kinky hair, the beauty of my dark skin, the beauty of me. And I want my audience to feel that, to be reminded that, being you is the most beautiful you can be.
I want to explore mediums that mad vibrant colors, so I’m exploring the mediums such as oil paint, acrylic paint, photography, and pastels. This is because for the theme of my artwork I wanted to show different types of black people, the diversity and the beauty of my culture. So using this mediums I want vibrant skin tones, to experiment how dark I can make skin, how I can make hair texture, and etc. I want to use the mediums so the first thing your eyes go is to being black isn’t the same color. I justify my selection of works because my pieces all use black subjects and motifs to add the main theme of my work of finding my identity, an example is a set of works in which the subject are black women as their hair are shown as different things (i.e. space or water) as I wanted to show the beauty of black women’s hair as it is often ignored.