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Aunj

Painter/Mixed Media/ Muralist

"All Too Much"
"Purple Funk"
"Resilience"
"Inseparable"
"Light Pink"
"I Must Protect My Heart"
"Take the Time"

As a Black woman who has grown up in the southern United States, my work explores my personal experiences within that narrative. Using a highly saturated color palette, I fabricate surreal depictions with no anchor in space or time, developed by my visual influences from sci-fi/fantasy themes. Encouraging self-acceptance and building tolerance for unique appearances are consistent themes within my portfolio. It is my hope that women of color, who have felt as isolated as I have, can see themselves within the visuals of my work. Drawing inspiration from the natural hair movement, which encourages non-conformity and legitimacy of afro textured hair, I often depict hair as a defining characteristic of my subjects because I am passionate about the power that comes from individuals embracing their unique characteristics. I have seen first hand the magic it has worked in my own life. Afrofuturistic can describe some of my pieces, which concentrates on placing people of color in a futuristic, surreal or fantasy aesthetic. This genre can be found in books, music, productions, and various art forms, all with the hopes of uplifting the Black community to see a future in which they are represented and thriving. 

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