Affirm Black Women Feature
It’s easy for me to downplay this feature. Creative brains are especially good at this. It’s called Imposter Syndrome and no matter how much you accomplish there’s a fear that you’re a fake and you are terrified everyone will find out. But this is a really special opportunity that I could have not imagined last October when I began the series.
As I shared with one of the women whose portrait I painted:
It’s thrilling to see this series resonate with people. There are SO many incredible voices that need to be heard and even more for me to learn. Sending this work out into the world also means a lot to me personally. I have bipolar disorder and I started this series when I was in a suicidal depression last October. The goal was to try and paint a little every day no matter how I felt. And I wanted to contribute to “bending the arc towards justice” even though I could hardly leave my apartment. I didn’t know the paintings would become a series and that people would one day want to buy them. Even more powerful though has been the conversations I’ve had with friends, family, and strangers about Black women, white supremacy, and our country’s history.
A big THANK YOU to the editors at Fat Canary for giving this work a wider audience!
You can read the feature here - September 2019 Fat Canary Journal Featuring Lydia Makepeace
“I have always wanted my art to service my people - to reflect us, to relate to us, to make us aware of our potential. We have to create art for liberation and for life.” - Elizabeth Catlett
“Using everything you’ve got inside you sometimes to barely make a note.” - Nina Simone
“We helped build this nation, but we didn’t get paid. We ought to be part of everything that exists in this nation.” - Olivia Hooker
“Collecting art is a joyful and communal experience and living with art that reflects our heritage and our stories is essential to a well lived life.” - Stella Jones
“Be resurrected, Glistening in the story of you, Be shining.” - Eve Ewing
“When I talk about owning eloquent rage as your superpower, it comes with [the] clear caveat that not everyone is worth your time or rage.” - Brittney Cooper
“The habits you created to survive will no longer serve you when it’s time to thrive.” - Ebonee Davis
“Go within every day and find the inner strength so that the world will not blow your candle out.” - Katherine Dunham
“Nobody would bother to beat you down if you were not a threat.” - Cicely Tyson
“My recipe for life is not being afraid of myself, afraid of what I think or of my opinions.” - Eartha Kitt