The beauty of art is the awe that it inspires. How can someone capture a moment or emotion so eloquently and encapsulate it in a piece of work? It’s amazing and exhilarating. At 4c Hair Chick we love to find up and coming artists and we love celebrating talented artist in the fine art establishment. In the hustle and bustle of today’s world it’s nice to stop and let our imaginations carry us in to the worlds’ and stories of artists who choose to share with us their pieces of mastery. Welcome to another addition of our Art Feature Series…
Introducing Thaleah aka Lefthanded Art
What is your hometown?
What is your art specialty? i.e Fine art, pottery, etc.
You have stunning pieces of iconic woman and naturals. What inspired you to start drawing woman in the first place?
The majority of my drawings consist of women because I find that women are so diverse and there are many characteristics, emotions, expressions and elements that come to into play when I am drawing women as opposed to men. The creative process is limitless. I don’t like to draw one particular kind of woman, but rather women of all ethnic backgrounds that portray different personalities.
How often do you create new art?
I usually create art when I am inspired by something or someone. I like when things stand out. However, lately I have been lacking inspiration because I am seeing too much of the same thing. Everybody just looks the same, dresses the same, does the same thing. I think I am in dire need of a vacation, preferably to another continent where I can explore a foreign place and be exposed to new things.
How long does it typically take you to create a new piece?
It really depends of the drawing itself. If I am drawing something very detailed it usually takes long hours or a day or two. Figuring out what colours to use can be time consuming. When I get bored of something that I am working on or have a creative block, I usually put it to the side and start creating something else. I still have unfinished drawings from 4 years ago.
Are you in school or did you go to art school?
I am currently in University studying for a B.A. in Social Science. Art school never really interested me. I’ve been artistically blessed with natural talent and I am forever grateful for that.
Out of your current body of work what is your favorite piece?
Currently, my top 5 pieces are entitled “Afro Chic”, “Cocoa Chanel”, “Rude Gal”, “Disco Diana” and “Reflection”. These pieces are all vibrant, bold, fierce and expressive, which is what I love the most about them.
How do you plan to showcase your art in the future? Is your interest in doing commission work, art shows, or working for a company?
My future plans in regards to my artwork consist of all of the above. I am currently doing commissioned work. I aspire for my artwork to be worn (clothing), decorated in homes, displayed in galleries and be seen worldwide. In addition, I have hopes to become a successful “ARTreprenuer” in which I can incorporate art with business and utilize my creative skills to become my own boss.
Often times our image of what is and isn’t beautiful is shaped by the experiences we have growing up. With that in mind is there a particular beauty asthetic that you are drawn to? Why or why not?
I am not drawn to any in particular. However, I feel as though media, fashion, and culture are all factors that play a significant role in the western ordeal of what your “supposed” to look like or how you are “supposed” to dress depending on your social class, and so forth. I am seeing less individuality now and days and I feel that there is an invisible competition happening amongst women as well as men in terms of physical enhancement. Everybody wants to look better than “average”. There are so many ideologies of “beauty” that have been implemented into society and people are becoming brainwashed.
How do you feel about the way black women are portrayed in mainstream media?
I could write a book on this topic, but I will keep it simple. They are portrayed way more negatively than positively and this will continue to be an issue due to high levels of ignorance and ridiculous stereotypes.
List 3-5 artists that inspire you.
Share one quote that inspires you.
“Keep in mind that I’m an Artist…and I’m sensitive about sh*t” -Erykah Badu
If we gave you a genie in a bottle and you could have three wishes granted what would they be?
- Good Health
- Good Wealth
- Everlasting Happiness
For the readers interested in keeping up with your work where can they go for more information?
Instagram : @lefthanded_art
Fam, are you familiar with Thaleah’s work? Which piece is your favorite and why? We can’t wait to hear from you. Leave your comment below.