Art of a Woman: Jaimee Todd | 30 Days Unchained : Day 15 Thursday 24 January, 2013

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30 Days Unchained/#30unchained | Day 15 – 1/23/13 | Inspiration: Jaimee Todd As a self-taught painter and photographer, Jaimee Todd  has learned how to transfer the range of her emotions, into colorful art. Jaimee’s influences, which include the abstract realism of Georgia O’Keeffe and pan-African and Native American aesthetics, translate into an artform that is completely her […]

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30 Days Unchained/#30unchained | Day 15 – 1/23/13 | Inspiration: Jaimee Todd

Jaimee Todd

As a self-taught painter and photographer, Jaimee Todd  has learned how to transfer the range of her emotions, into colorful art. Jaimee’s influences, which include the abstract realism of Georgia O’Keeffe and pan-African and Native American aesthetics, translate into an artform that is completely her own. In addition to sharing her talent with the world, Jaimee has a heart for social good, donating a portion of her proceeds to Wyclef Jean’s Yele foundation as well as towards finding a cure for Triple Negative Breast Cancer, a disease affecting many young black women.

Jaimee’s love of expressing the needs and hopes of others, particularly women, is evident in her art. About the strong feminine influence within her art, Jaimee tells Live Unchained: “I think women are very complex and often struggle with  how to define their own sense of femininity against societal expectations. My feminist pieces like Medea and Duality show how a woman can be nurturing and fiery, exuberant and melancholy all at the same time without it being an issue.” Jaimee’s appreciation for women’s complexity is the inspiration for today’s challenge…

Challenge (Find, Create, or Remix an Image that Answers the Question): What makes a woman whole?

Share your image(s) on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest and be sure to tag @liveunchained and use the hashtag #30unchained so we can shout you out! Be sure to follow us on FacebookPinterest and Twitter to keep up with the latest #30unchained news.

 

Medea

Live Unchained: For the most part, it seems that your work is aesthetically pleasing and, I like how it makes me feel calm. Do you ever create out of frustration or anger or ever try to communicate that through your art?

Jaimee Todd: Some of my more soothing works were created when I was particularly angry or frustrated and they were a way of calming my nerves. I painted Duality when I was in my last year of law school, which was a very trying time for me and I was looking for a way of acknowledging my conflicting feelings about school while trying to find my emotional center. Occasionally, though, I just have to let it out. Medea was created when I was getting fed up reading about hearing about women being abused, neglected or mistreated while I was dealing with my own personal obstacles with sexism.

LU: How do you think your femininity influences your work?

JT: I think women are very complex and often struggle with  how to define their own sense of femininity against societal expectations. My feminist pieces like Medea and Duality show how a woman can be nurturing and fiery, exuberant and melancholy all at the same time without it being an issue.

Yemaya

LU: Linking art and social good is also important to you. Can you tell us about how you’ve used your art for positive change?

JT: I like to create art around certain topics to raise awareness about  very important issues and a portion of my sales proceeds often go towards those causes. When the Haitian earthquake happened, I would also like to create pieces centered around the Troy Davis execution and the Occupy Wall Street movement.

Met by Jaimee Todd

LU: Finally, what does living unchained mean to you?

JT: Living unchained means having the courage to pursue your own bliss and express it without being constrained by what other people feel you ought to prefer.

This interview is excerpted from a full feature with the artist. View the original article here

30 Days Unchained/#30unchained is an interactive creative countdown to the Live Unchained Anniversary Celebration . Everyday for 30 days, we’ll share some of our most popular interviews with Live Unchained featured artists. They include women creatives of various disciplines from across the African diaspora. Her creative journey will be the inspiration for your challenge. To participate simply respond to the challenge question with images (not words). Share it on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest and be sure to tag @liveunchained so we can shout you out – it’s that simple. Learn more about 30 Days Unchained, including rules and prizes hereGet your daily challenge from Thursday, January 10th through the day of the big bash on Friday, February 8th at www.liveunchained.com.

Written by Aleyna Jones and Kathryn Buford

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One Comment

  • Noreen says:

    I enjoyed this artist rendition of the inner struggles that we as women face on a daily bais. The use of color and emotion is very mpowering. I look forward to hearing more bout this exciting artist and more on LU!

    Keep up the great wok!!


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