Interview at Woman of Colour
January 4, 2010
I recently answered interview questions from Patricia at Woman of Colour. Her blog is dedicated to issues and conversations surrounding African-American women, highlighting women in the arts.
Here is an excerpt from the interview, the full dialogue can be seen here.
Most of your work has a socio-political element. What are the topics/issues that drive you to paint.
I use paint as my voice. There are many socio-political topics that affect me directly – such as misogyny, race, health care. I try to make a statement, an argument, something about these topics and others. I try to focus on issues that I am passionate about. And issues and topics that interest me. The treatment of humans in history and the present interests me. Also, I work as a free lance editorial illustrator, so it’s a part of my job to stay current on today’s news and politics and to translate them to a visual image.
Congratulations on having your work featured in the Art for Obama book. How did it feel to have your work in that publication? (Editor’s note: This book is a collection of artists’ representations of Barack Obama)
It felt great. The book is a compilation of the artwork that was displayed at Manifest Hope, an exhibition held in DC during the inauguration. That entire experience was so amazing, definitely the most exciting moment of my career. The show was open for 3 days and for 3 days it was packed with people – celebrities, politicians, Obama supporters. To be in such a huge exhibit with highly profiled artists like Shepard Fairey and Ron English, was incredible. The energy in DC during that time was beautiful
I encourage you to visit her site and read the full interview.
Much appreciation to Patricia and her readers.