LJANELLE

by  Lauren Butler


My work explores my identity as an African American woman growing up in the US. As a self-taught artist, I didn’t major in a creative field in college and in a way, I think this has helped improve my artwork more. I do not feel confined to many rules and love to experiment with new materials that aren’t necessarily art materials.

Nonetheless my main goal is to insert more black bodies into the art community locally and abroad. Growing up I typically learned about the usual suspects of art history like Da Vinci, Monet, Warhol, Picasso, Dali, etc. It wasn’t until I became an adult that I tried to immerse myself in more diverse voices like Augusta Savage and Elizabeth Catlett. As I explore and learn about their work, I am able to explore and learn more about myself as a person and creator. ¬†Email