May

Swimming Pool

“My entry is about the generational trauma black kids inherit and how the struggles of their ancestors affect them today. My painting depicts a black woman on the water which is a reference to the fact that most black people don’t know how to swim because their parents didn’t know how, as their ancestors were banned from public swimming pools because slave owners were afraid, they’d swim to escape slavery. Acknowledging the trauma inflicted onto black people because of how their ancestors were oppressed as well as attempting to provide hope and comfort in the message we shouldn’t let that define us is the main focus of my painting, and I hope it’s understood.”

More Than One

I feel like society has changed a lot of time. Many don’t feel comfortable in their own skin and they don’t express themselves. I hope this project helps others understand that it is ok to be who you are and feel comfortable for what they stand for.