Artist’s Statement

I make images about identity & the ethereal nature of human experience with a vibrant and textured look.  My newest work is rooted in mythology and the feminine black experience. It seeks to examine how we define ourselves, how we relate to each other individually and how we interact with our community and environment. 

Representation matters. I strive to make work that uplifts and exalts black and brown people in all their humanity. We should be visualized with love, joy & beauty. We need images that show us in all our glory and possibility. If you can see it, you can be it.

Art allows people to see themselves in a new light. My work is a way to imagine yourself differently and experience new perspectives; ideally it leads the audience to act with a growing sense of community and compassion. 

Cierra Johnson 

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