BECOMING FEATURING ARTIST VALERIE GILLESPIE
“Becoming” is an aesthetic exploration of the truth and illusion behind the often times unfortunate actions that stem from human nature. Our skin is what binds us physically, yet separates us emotionally. Through the use of pigment and skin tone, a visual representation of the pain of being the other is portrayed in each piece through the lens of an African American mother. In strength and with one’s emotions guarded, pain is oftentimes overlooked or ignored. The masks we wear daily contribute to the seclusion and loneliness of what it feels like to be Black in America. Becoming is a visual journey of the bold and beautiful elements that define African American women. It is this beauty that often creates the divide, but illuminates the magic that we possess.