"The sun is perfect and you woke this morning. You have enough language in your mouth to be understood. You have a name, and someone wants to call it. Five fingers on your hand and someone wants to hold it. If we just start there, every beautiful thing that has and will ever exist is possible. If we start there, everything, for a moment, is right in the world.”
— Warsan Shire
Contemporary Art Week!
Tamara Natalie Madden
Madden lists among influences Gustav Klimt and images of Egyptian royalty. You can view many, many more images of her work here at her official website.
This work is beautiful.
This video was shot and edited by Dean Peterson.
Dean and I got in contact a few months ago. He liked the project, I liked his work, and so we made this video that documents the process behind creating STWTS posters.
It’s important for me to show the process behind creating these pieces. Each portrait is an actual woman who has a story, who goes through this treatment daily, who has something to say about it that deserves to be heard.
I initially decided to portray the women as drawings instead of photographs because it was my natural inclination as a portrait painter. But also, drawing someone’s portrait makes you really look at them. You have to recognize their humanity not just physically but personally. And I hope that’s what comes across when people see these portraits in the street.
I’m rambling. Watch the video.
Thanks to Zahira and Koku for talking so candidly with me.
naomi in “the heat of the moment” by ellen von unwerth for vogue mar ‘98.
*crumbles and weeps*
Photographer: Drake Murray @thepolitehooligan
MUA: Jasmine Quinn @jasmine_q19
Model: Kia Angelique Yarrah Leonard @kay_yarrah