Sky’s The Limit

Have what you want. Be what you want.

Thank you again to Gary Gee for curating this amazing show! I’m honored to be showing with so many great artists. Watch the clip & go check out the show.

Sky’s The Limit (2021) 

Acrylic & Mixed Media

36 x 48” | 825.00 USD

I have prints of this piece available on my Etsy. Click the link to shop. Check out the song below.

Hip Hop Anthology Vol. 2
Curator: Gary Gee

June 1-30, 2021 at the Central Library
40 East Saint Clair Street Indianapolis, In 46204

Gaze

Aw, made you look. You a slave to a page…(snort)

gaze/ɡāz/ verb: gaze
1. look steadily and intently, especially in admiration, surprise, or thought.”he could only gaze at her in astonishment”
2. (in literary theory) a particular perspective taken to embody certain aspects of the relationship between observer and observed, especially as reflected in the way in which an author or film director (unconsciously or otherwise) directs attention.”the male gaze”

Have you ever cropped an image? How did you choose what to show? How did you want that image interpreted? These are questions I come back to repeatedly as an artist and designer. They say a picture is worth 1000 words, but we live in a world saturated by images. In an environment that is so saturated how do you hold people’s attention?

You loose control of an image the moment you give to an audience. Once its in the public gaze, they have no choice but to apply their own perspectives and interpretations. That’s true of art, design and selfies.

Does that truth grind my gears? Yes. Can I do anything about it? Sort of… My best solution is to control as much of your image as possible. I want to be known as an artist. So I choose to show art. And engage with art. Turn my pain into art. Turn my joy into art. Life imitates art.

Did you know Medusa translates to queen? Here’s a great link.
https://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/medu/hd_medu.htm

“…get stiff, they call me Medusa
I don’t wanna fuck without the Medula…” – Megan Thee Stallion

“VERSACE VERSACE VERSACE” – The Migos

“Get some get some get some crazy shit for me
I want, I want, you know, leopard-skin, and you know?
I want, I want all that crazy lizard-skin shit, like, you know?” – Nicki Minaj

I’m just saying I laughed.

Roses

Did you hear…
Did you hear about the rose that grew from a crack in the concrete?
Provin’ nature’s laws wrong
It learned to walk without having feet
Funny it seems but by keeping its dreams
It learned to breathe FRESH air
Long live the rose that grew from concrete
When no one else, even cared

From “The Rose That Grew From Concrete” ~ 2Pac | Featuring Nikki Giovanni
Produced by Jamal Joseph | Album The Rose That Grew From Concrete Vol. 1
[Verse 3: Spoken Word]

I have never been much for flowers. I’ve always been more of a “blood of my enemies in a crystal goblet” type of chick. It wasn’t until I became a mother and a wife that I learned to see them as more than just pretty ornamentation. Flowers are plants. They have tenacity.

First version from my sketchbook… I kept at it.

te·nac·i·ty /təˈnasədē/noun

  1. the quality or fact of being able to grip something firmly; grip.”the sheer tenacity of the limpet”
    • the quality or fact of being very determined; determination.”you have to admire the tenacity of these two guys”
    • the quality or fact of continuing to exist; persistence.”the tenacity of certain myths within the historical record”

Flowers and plants evolved on this planet first and they will be here last. They provide food, shelter and comfort to everything above it in the food chain. They provide oxygen which is #essential. (Have you ever tried not breathing? Exactly.)

I still don’t really want to receive a bouquet for Mother’s Day but I am learning to appreciate my flowers while I can. I prefer to see them in their natural habitat, wild and growing undisturbed. But I can also see the beauty in a well tended and highly manicured garden. 

And listen you don’t have to be a rose. You can be a redwood, sunflower, a lily, cannabis. That’s dope too (I’m sorry). Shit, there’s a cactus on my work desk ( it’s prickly like me). 

I hope you spend some time tending your garden. Try to appreciate your flowers for what they are. Purposeful, thorny, beautiful.  

‘Long Live The Rose’ Marker and Colored Pencil on Vellum 5/8/2020
Awe fuck…this song gets me every time.
My grandma used to listen to a version of this song by Rev. James Cleveland. Miss her.