I believe that it is important to create because as a woman who is inherently marginalized it allows me to create a certain level of perspective that is not usually taken into account. My ability to create allows me to widen the scope of understanding regarding various topics, concepts, and issues.
My proudest moment as a creative would have to be deepening the understanding of my father and connecting with him through piece that I wrote for/about him.
I define love as many things, a concept, a want, a need, a tool, but overall just an understanding and certain level of compassion that is/should be inherent in all of us.
I like to create in silence, comfort and solitude. So essentially, my house, lol.
I like to listen to music or a motivational podcast while creating. Music is just one of my favorite things, constantly inspiring new ideas for me and depending on the podcast, I’m just motivated to manifest those new ideas that come about.
My earliest memory of making art would have to be drawing various pictures of my family.
I feel like I have so much advice now that I’m in the process of trying to manifest my career as a creative, lol. But I think the best advice I could give is know and take care of yourself. These concepts go hand in hand with moving smoothly and positively through life is what I’ve come to learn. You must know yourself, you have to take the time to get to know yourself, what you want, what you need, and who you are. You have to pay attention to how you feel and constantly be willing to grow and change to evolve into the best version of yourself. The expectation cannot be on others to know us better than we know ourselves. I always say no one knows you better you do, so you’ve got to make sure to learn yourself and check in as much as you possibly can. And taking care of yourself, only further attributes to building your overall sense of self.
I care about any issue affecting marginalized groups, but I am most in alignment with Black Lives Matter.
Aside from the most serious things (God, my family, my friends, etc.), I’d have to say music, ice cream, cupcakes, and anything that allows me to write and express myself (i.e. my journals or the notepad on my phone).
When I feel it I just do it, if it hits me I can’t wait, I have to do it immediately. So essentially, when and however I can, lol.
My mental health most definitely does, I’m most creative when I feel or am moved emotionally. That’s just I how I operate. If I can’t feel, I can’t authentically create.
My family is my biggest influence and black women are my biggest inspiration
Through my art, I want to spread the message of love, self-love without apology, sincerity, and authenticity.