X’ene Sky

:: AGE

24

:: LOCATION

Beyoncé's Texas

:: MEDIUM

Piano, Voice

:: IDENTIFIES AS

Rude lil black girl with the dreads <3

As a womxn, why do you think it is important to create?

Because black girls are art. I am art. I am culture. At every turn, the world tries to take away my humanity. But the most human thing to do is create and express my love, passion, tenderness, anger etc. I affirm and fight marginalization every time I create.

What has been your proudest moment as an artist/creative?

I’m proud every time my depression doesn’t swallow me whole. Overtime I feel like my world is ending but I still wake up and push through my day and create again. I’m also proud every time my mom is.

How do you define love?

Black Women

What is art?

Me

Describe the space that you like to create in?

I like to create alone, with my piano and a pen and paper. I enjoy the quiet and sounds of nature or the city softly murmuring in the background.

What do you like to listen to while you create?

The silence.

How do you make time to create?

It’s sometimes not the easiest thing, but I try to plan to practice daily and in a quiet environment.

How does your mental health affect your work?  

It affects my life greatly. And my work is a direct reflection of my life. I try to be gentle with myself though and let myself express what I need when I need.

What is your earliest memory of making art?

I remember dancing ballet/jazz as a 2-3 year old and that feeling of joy all over my body.

Do you have any words of advice for young womxn/artist/creators out there?

Be bold and clear in your vision and what you want. Be true and honest to yourself always and take time to recenter yourself.

What social issues do you care about most?

I care about so many in various ways. I care about Palestine and Standing Rock and am upset that there is still not clean water in Flint. I care about police brutality and justice for Sandra Bland and Mike Brown and Trayvon. I worry often for the missing black and brown girls across the country and the Chibok girls in Nigeria. I care deeply about sex workers across the globe and the effects of capitalism on poc. I always and forever care and center black girls because the worlds has shown we are disposable. I care about protecting the memories and histories of enslaved Africans and protecting their legacy from further violence. And I care deeply about black musicians who created entirely new musical languages that were stolen from.

What could you not live without?

Water, black girls, tenderness and my mama

Who are your influences/inspirations?

My mama, Jessye Norman, Hazel Scott, My great-grandma Lula Mae and Harriet Tubman.

What message do you want to spread with your art?

Lil black girls got the juice. We runnin’ to freedom like Harriet.

Do you practice self-love? If so, how?

Yes. I work on being forgiving and self-reflective. Breathing and therapy help.  

What does self-love mean to you?

Being gentle to myself.