Updated: Jan 11, 2022
Black Women Are Sacred Space & So Is Their Artmaking
A few years ago I was toiling along as a single Black mother of five young Black boys. I thought to myself "What would I want right now if I could have it?". I had my aha moment in that moment. I wanted a block of time, in a peaceful space to create artwork that would be meaningful for me while producing some new children. Art children! Oh! And I wanted it without charge.
“I created the sacred, creative space I would have wanted.”
Black Women are Sacred and so is their artmaking practice. It should be honored.
My first love was my art...
I am not more special than any other Black women with an urge to create. I AM a fighter determined to have my first love outside of my Dad and that love is artmaking. Creating. With all the challenges life offers, I have always refused to sacrifice the part of myself that needed to create. It may not have always shown up as a painting or quilt or traditional medium but I've learned to express through my cooking, writing or experimenting with adding my creativity to everyday mundane activities. I determined that the innate ability to use my creativity as a vehicle for expression was my birthright. I was... AM worthy of the time and space needed to allow my creative self to shine through. That expansive inner child always wants to be heard and I want to be the vessel for that creative voice.
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