How I pick artists has been an interesting journey for me. They can't simply be black and female. The art has to speak to me in some way. Whether I like the arrangement, the colors, the subject. All of the art I picked was not random. This has been such a fun project for me. I'm finding artists I've never heard of whose work evokes a reaction in me. So here are the pieces from the first half of the month.
This is the picture that started the idea. I wanted to change my profile picture to a black Rosie the Riveter in solidarity with women of color, our current political environment and Black History Month. The next day I decided to seek artists of color.
|Artist: Benjamin Biayenda https://benbiayenda.myportfolio.com/projects|
Next was a quote from this song by the wonderful Nina Simone
This painting reminds me of a tiger painting that graced our family room wall when I was a kid.
|Artist: Loïs Mailou Jones http://www.loismailoujones.com/|
I just couldn't resist the colors in the next piece...
|Artist: Shinique Smith http://shiniquesmith.com/|
This sculpture spoke to how I'm feeling politically right now. (I couldn't find a direct website link for Chakaia)
|Artist: Chakaia Booker http://www.artnet.com/artists/chakaia-booker/|
Who doesn't love A Clockwork Orange? This one made me smile.
|Artist Amy Sherald http://www.amysherald.com/|
Reminds me of a nymph or sprite you'd find deep in an mystical wood.
|Artist: Wangechi Mutu http://wangechimutu.com/|
Love the colors and the uniqueness of this installation.
|Artist: Ebony G. Patterson. http://|
Wise words from a poet...
|Nikki Giovanni - poet http://|
Really, it's the handsome kitty that drew me to this one although it looks like he's not a nice kitty judging from the woman's position.
|Artist: Ruby Onyinyechi Amanze http://rubyamanze.com/|
More fabulous use of colors and fabrics!
|Artist: Brianna McCarthy http://|
That sums up the first half of the month. Stay tuned for part 2 when February closes.