Primary: MTA XXII 2020

1st Primary V2 ~ 2020


Here are the finished pieces from Meet The Artists 2020. It was really great blessing to be a part of this show. To have the opportunity to be seen in this light is incredible and more than I could ask for. I hope to continue working at this level.

Special thank you to Billy and Claudia Thomas for my framing. Really everything about this was wonderful.


Thanks to the Indianapolis Public Library and the Center for Black Literature and Culture. Thank you to everyone involved.

Starting Again…Again

I’m had a visual epiphany of sorts and now I’m about to restart this piece. We are going all the way back to white canvas, which is fine I guess. Im sort of an expert at starting things over, both personally and professionally.

I definitely pushed this piece too far, too fast mostly because I felt pressed for time. That’s never the move. My work requires time; which is even more frustrating cause I’m an “essential” worker and I’m constantly bombarded by reminders that I am unable to have that time for my artwork. It feels like I’m falling behind.

I’m not religious but I understand that God happens in its own time. That is very comforting for some people…All I can do is keep working and see what happens.

Somewhere in here, There’s room for a quote…(10,000 hours to mastery blah words words)…I’m gonna save that energy for actual painting.

Essential, Apparently

Everyone keeps calling me a hero to make themselves feel better. It turns out that I’m an essential worker… I work in print production as 3rd party vendor for a major grocery chain and I am not receiving any type of hazard pay..

I don’t feel better. I just feel at risk. Like I’m being sacrificed for people in a higher tax bracket. I make just enough money to be over-income for charity and government assistance but not enough to save or invest. Any stimulus money will go toward bills or necessities. I won’t be receiving my merit raise this year. I guess I will try to invest all those hero points. (Not a thing)

People always forget that the hero usually dies in stories. I don’t want to die. I show up everyday regardless. Having a hero is great. Being a hero…not so much. Someone has to do it, I guess. I just wonder when it’s my turn to get saved will anyone show up. Or will I have to save myself? (As per usual)

Cierra Johnson, Artist & Essential Worker