Debut Solo Exhibition: W-2 Warriors
For my 30th birthday, last year, I gave myself the gift of art. That is, I committed to creating as much art as I could; reconnecting with the loving, vibrant, powerful arts community that exists here in The Bay; and exhibiting my work as often as I could (4 exhibitions between November and July). With lots of support from my accountability partners (y’all know who you are) I honored my commitment, and it’s been so fulfilling.
One of the wishes I made as I blew out my 30th birthday cake candles, was to have a solo exhibition for my 31st birthday. Well guess what? That’s happening — and it’s thanks to Stevonne Ratliff of Concept Forty-Seven and my mentor Precious Stroud of PJS Consultants and the #BlackFemaleProject. The name of this exhibition is W-2 Warriors.
‘W-2 Warriors’ visually represents the shared experiences of Black women in the workplace. Reflecting on my own career journey (to date), I have learned to protect my spirit while battling against the many forms of discrimination (e.g. sexism, racism, classism) that exist across all sectors and industries. I am not alone. This series explores the “armor” employed by myself and other Black women, while we earn a living.
W-2 Warriors was inspired by my participation in the #BlackFemaleProject; created by Precious J. Stroud. The goal of the #BlackFemaleProject is to harness the collective experiences and wisdom of Black women in the workplace, and share it with the next generation so that they can navigate and combat institutional racism, sexism and discrimination as they embark upon their careers.
So join me on 9/4 for the opening reception of my DEBUT solo exhibition — or swing by the store during the month of September to check out the “W-2 Warriors.”