Plaskett Gallery presents : My Face My Canvas
Artist : Tajah Olson Artist
May 5th to 31st Tuesday to Saturday 1 to 5pm or by appointment
My artwork is about self-empowerment, studying who I am and challenging myself as an artist.
When I paint my canvas, my face. I feel like it is an escape where I am free to explore and become anything that inspires me. I am intrigued and influenced by faces, expressions, tribes, different female forms, textures, and patterns.
In my escape, I feel like no one can judge me or put me in a category, race or assume anything about me. It simply creates conversations, curiosity and questions for my audience. When I paint my canvas, I am not faced with any negative stereotypes, fascination with my skin color, assumptions, and plain racism that I have faced while living in the western world. In my escape, I forget that I am that “black girl” that I am usually referred as. In my escape I am Tajah Olson, born in Malawi. I am whatever color I choose to be, I am a queen, a goddess, a warrior, I am white, green, black, I am a spirit, a man, a child, a woman, I am a movement, a pattern, a texture, I am a celebration and anything that I choose to be, even if it does not exist in this world.
I want my artwork to be appreciate by others and hopefully inspire them to find themselves through creativity and to celebrate their individualism.