SHE IS ART – WTF DO YOU EXPECT FROM HER
She is Art. What the fuck do you expect from her, other than confusion, beauty and goddamn soul?
Not sure who to attribute the quote to but it captures the struggles and fears of most female, Kenyan artists I’ve interacted with; it certainly captures mine. That despite putting in all the work and sacrifice possible, we’re rarely truly seen…or heard. Our art is not required to be ‘too intellectual, disturbing, important or even profound’, our demeanor must not defy stereotypes and our contribution should lean on the achievements of our male counterparts.. Our substance is to be less curious, less ambitious and somewhat dilute if we want acceptance.
Should you attempt to examine our artistic intention closely, this might be a good place to start from;
Did you produce this from scratch?
Can we expect a more provocative approach to your work in future?
What’s the story being told, if any?
Are the nuances in your piece intentional?’
You’ll be amazed at the depths you are yet to discover.