I am a multidisciplinary and multimedia artist from Midwest City, Oklahoma. I graduated from Rose State College in 2016 with my Associate in Arts and I’m currently a senior at the University of Oklahoma where I’m getting my Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art. Through my work, I traverse through different ideas along with the methods and materials that fit those ideas. However, specifically, with the charcoal and different papers, I work largely in creating 2-dimensional portraitures.
Through these portraitures I show Black women in a regal light. As a Black woman, my compositions translate what I want society to know about the lack of noble portrayal of us. I render Black women with delicate and strong patterns surrounding and adorning them – with the integration of florals and rich, solid colors complimenting their forms. In showing the women in this way, they are represented with a blend of power and delicacy. I do this to show the calm, noble, and majestic traits that Black women have. These traits that show their elegance, their sophistication, and their beauty exists in more complex ways beyond stereotypes.
In modern society’s media, Black women are often represented as unruly and with a bullheaded stubbornness, among other traits viewed as negative. There are so many long-lived stereotypes that the media continues to use as waves of the past. Their stereotypes do not help how Black women themselves are seen and how they are treated. The essence and significance of my work tell of the value Black women have always and will continue to possess worth and dignity.
Jasmine’s work was featured in our exhibition Inclusion in Art at The Art Hall, December 7, 2018 through March 15, 2019.