“Inanna placed the shugarra, the crown of the steppe, on her head…Inanna set out by herself.” Inanna: Queen of Heaven and Earth, Diane Wolkstein, Pg12
Imagine who you could be if no told you that you can’t. Imagine what you could be if you were really charged up. Then start moving that way. I make it sound really easy right…It’s not. But it is possible. It starts with a choice.
I want to see more variety in the examples of womanhood presented to black and brown people. We are catalysts, decision makers, holders of authority and autonomy. Part of my interest in mythology comes from a need to explore female archetypes that are untethered from struggle, respectability politics and expectations. I want the freedom to be equally glorious and fucking flawed.
The only thing necessary for Queen-ship is the decision to be a queen. Everything you need is available to you in the moment of decision. The world is yours, if you want it.
I’m an doing a show. Find out more information here.
“To my daughter, Inanna, I shall give truth!…Inanna replied, I take them!” “Then Inanna, standing before her father, acknowledged the me Enki had given her” Inanna: Queen of Heaven and Earth, Diane Wolkstein, Pg14-16
“Then more me appeared – more me than Enki had given Inanna”
“Inanna brought the me: She brought the placing of the garment on the ground. She brought allure. She brought the art of women. She brought the perfect execution of the me.” Inanna: Queen of Heaven and Earth, Diane Wolkstein, Pg26
The Me*: The Perceptive Ear | The Power of Attention | The Making of Decisions | The Placing of the Garment | Allure | The Art of Women | The Perfect Execution
Making art is fun. Every moment that I spend making art is pleasure. There is nothing more purely good than putting brush to canvas. Few things can compare to the heady mix of brewed coffee and marker fumes. No sensation quite matches the scratch of pencil on paper. Art feels good.
I used to think of my art as “the great work” of my life. Recently, I realized that was wrong-headed. Art is the great joy of my life. It is the opposite of work. With art the labor is the fruit. When I draw or paint, I feel passionate, purposeful joy.
One of my goals this year is to enjoy life more. Life is short and I want it to be fun. I want to do more of the things I love. Some people say life is a race or a marathon. For me, life and art are long walks; its easy, natural. You will eventually get where you are going. Enjoy it.
A few quick announcements:
I am incredibly grateful for the clients that I have had over the years; but in order to make time for more pleasure, I will be discontinuing my freelance graphic design work. I am happy to consult or make recommendations.
I look forward to focusing more on my fine arts practice, gallery shows and vendor events.
I went to the Harrison Center for the first time this month. Originally I went to see the We Are Indy Arts show, but I ended up getting way more than I bargained for (which is how art works generally). Be sure to make an appointment, wear your mask and go see the show.
I am so geeked!!! This artwork is from part of an on-going collaboration between myself and Rooted Scales. I am super excited about our partnership. Rooted Scales is a local, black and woman owned company that produces CBD products for health and wellness.
As a mother, an employee, a wife and an artist, I advocate not only for the whole humanity of others but of myself. One of my goals for this year is to invest more into my own wellbeing. CBD helps me live a more balanced and well adjusted life.
Click the link to learn more. They are super dope.
Happy Black History Month. I’m happy that I made it to February 2021. It’s been alot going on.
My New Year started with a flood at my home. Then at the end of the month I wrecked my car. (We are fine. God is good.) Some where along the line, they stormed the Capitol and Cicely Tyson died. Kamala Harris is a win for representation. Joe Biden is president and everyone was dressed in beautiful monochrome.
Make sure to check out these two shows. I’m blessed to be showing work in both. “Localized” celebrates Indy’s 200 year anniversary. And Tiny show is an Indianapolis tradition that is continuing online this year. More information about both shows below.
LOCALIZED: GARFIELD PARK ARTISTS CELEBRATE INDY’S BICENTENNIAL Curated by a committee of neighborhood artists in collaboration with the Garfield Park Arts Center and Big Car, this exhibition will feature artwork in a variety of mediums by local artists that reside in Garfield Park. The pieces aim to celebrate Indianapolis’ Bicentennial through the lens of these artists by exploring history, culture, and the environment of Indianapolis and Garfield Park, Indianapolis’ oldest park. Furthermore, artists will reflect on 2020 current affairs including the pandemic and protests. Artwork will be displayed online on the Garfield Park Arts Center and Big Car’s websites. For the best viewing experience, please view the exhibit on a computer. http://www.gpacarts.org/online-exhibitions
TINY – December 4, 2020-January 8, 2021 – Even though the popular annual show is going virtual this year, we’re still making a big deal about TINY 2020. You can shop for original art created by past and present TINY artists at the new Art Center Marketplace hosted by the Indianapolis Art Center. Support artists throughout Central Indiana, while adding to your own art collection or buying unique holiday gifts for friends and family. #IndyKeepsCreating. TINY 2020 is in partnership with the Arts Council of Indianapolis and Gallery 924. https://artcentermarket.com/product-category/tiny/
God is good. The universe is abundant. I am so blessed. Everything that I did was possible because of the support that I received within the arts community in Indianapolis. Artists are essential workers both metaphorically and literally. The support that I needed personally and professionally came from other creatives. I need to take a moment to just say thank you to the following: