I created this piece with the vision of comfort and safety for all women. I was inspired by a close friend of mine (who is also the face of this piece - Effie Mbrow) and her decision to shave her head. Effie’s head was home to growth that kept her company and gave her identity for the entirety of her life. Her locs gave a sense of femininity and also held importance in her father’s religion. I was inspired by the internal and external struggles she faced, the way she defined and beat those struggles, and ultimately the confidence that grew from the acceptance of not having hair define someone’s level of femininity or who they are. Hair and women have had a bumpy relationship throughout history, with the media setting standards of what hair on heads or lack thereof on bodies is best. Whether it’s hair or not, braids or curly, buzzed or straight, dreads or afro - every woman has a beautiful extension of themselves, just as beautiful as flowers. ✿ Every woman is beautiful and every woman can feel as feminine or not as they want to despite the primarily male opinions we have felt pressure from for years. I am also celebrating and honoring the beautiful hair of African American women by creating a flower afro.
✿ all is a beautiful garden that extends from a beautiful goddess ✿
People should still feel beautiful without their hair / with any kind of hair / without the hair glorified by impossible standards that little girls consume online and on tv.
This piece was created with acrylic paint peeled and shaped on a 16x20 canvas. The 'Garden of the Goddess' original is sold and lives happily in Ohio.