30 Women Creators We Love Part III #30WCR8 Wednesday 04 June, 2014

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We hope you’ve enjoyed seeing the beautiful work created by some of our favorite women creators. Today our friends at The Nu Black continue with 5 more women artists they love. See three amazing women below and view their full selection here. Although we chose 30 this is by no means a definitive list, but a […]

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We hope you’ve enjoyed seeing the beautiful work created by some of our favorite women creators. Today our friends at The Nu Black continue with 5 more women artists they love. See three amazing women below and view their full selection here.

Although we chose 30 this is by no means a definitive list, but a sample of the great work that we’ve come across and have been inspired by in recent years.

LAKWENA MACIVER 

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Lakwena Maciver is a London based graphic artist who’s best known for her elaborate large-scale paintings and murals. Recently commissioned to create artwork for the now famous Red Bull stage at this year’s 50th Anniversary of Notting Hill Carnival, Lakwena’s bold graphic style can be seen across the globe from UK based Ghanian eatery Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen to Miami where she was part of the Art Basel 2013 ‘Women on the Walls’ collaborative project.She is also one half of Bros With Fros, a t-shirt collection that celebrates iconic hairstyles of Black men. Not just fashion for fashion’s sake the shirts also educate the wearer about the history of each haircut.

“Throughout history and in different cultures there have been particular materials, like gold, expensive dyes and particular colours that carried great significance and meaning, and were used to glorify gods, rich men and those that were considered beautiful women. I’m interested in how we use these signs to glorify things and people, and the myths that we use them to propagate.”

KOSISOCHUKWU NNEBE

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At just 20 years old, and despite currently studying a double major in Economics and International Development at university, Nigerian-Canadian Kosisochukwu Nnebe’s work is thought provoking and challenges the viewer to ask questions. These same questions inspired the young artist to begin an exploration of her own identity through a variety of artistic mediums. Nnebe’s passion for sparking discussion lead her to create ‘Coloured Conversations’ an online space using art to challenge certain aspects of society. Her most recent work M(other)nity was created by the artist’s desire to present a different vision of the black woman. The piece, which was a series of paintings on plexiglass, represented an examination of the concept of modernity – the manner in which it intersects with race and gender – and a re-interpretation of my position within it.

“For me, art has always been a tool of self-discovery and, in the past 2 years, has truly forced me to re-imagine the manner in which I perceive myself and the world around me. I’m interested in using art not only to highlight the beauty of the people and things around me, but also as a method of critique and redefinition.”

LESLEY ASARE

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British born Ghanian Lesley Asare is a visual artist and co-founder of online platform ishapebeauty. The site, which is a collaborative project with poet Indigo Williams, aims to empower women to reclaim, define and own their sense of self through artistis projects and workshops. The pair were recently commissioned by The Body Narratives to create The Secrets Women Keep installation for their 3 day multidisciplinary art exhibition ”A Different Mirror.”

Wanting to create a safe space for women of colour to speak freely about their secrets the couple worked closely with 6 courageous women aged between 18-25, the pair guided the group to create a powerful visual arts installation that shared their journeys to owning their bodies. The final piece was a film that shared the participants’ experiences in the workshops, which was surrounded by a sacred semi circle of 6 islands that represented each woman. Each island displayed their poem, a personalised gum tape body sculpture and objects that symbolised their stories.

“I create solo and collaborative work through performance, installation and visual art and my work often explores the themes of identity, personal histories and the representation of women in contemporary culture. Fundamentally I am motivated by the desire to understand what it means to be human and passionately aim to create the space for self reflection, empowerment and healing.”

Written by Gabrielle Smith

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