Acrylic on canvas, Spackling paste, glue, yarn, and white and black ink pens
Change, which has provided many opportunities for growth, is the best way to describe how my life has unfolded from a year ago until now. Before I moved to Ann Arbor, I lived in Kenya, in a town surrounded by wildlife and nature which is captured in the interior painting on the left featuring Mt. Kenya in the background. The painting on the right is the UMMA, which centers me on my life and goals here at the University. The girl in an afro (advocating black girl magic) dressed in the icy shade of blue dress is a representation of myself when people refer to me as the Ice Queen from Frozen almost every time, I introduce myself, as I am also Elsa. The girl below her does represent me, but me in the future still juggling academics, art, and work. The book says “Trust the Process,” a phrase that my dad tells me when things get tough because I am a long way from home and mostly alone. That's the least I can do, for I can’t go back to my past or foretell what’s in my future, but only embrace the journey as I walk through it.