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(Golden Courage I) Broken but Beautiful

      Description: The work was inspired by a Japanese molding technique called Kintsugi, meaning to repair with gold, when I began to ponder on how a broken ceramic piece could look so beautiful when repaired with gold. It reminded me of an African lady and opened my eyes to see the similarities between the two. My intention is to use my scribbling technique to communicate and celebrate the strength that comes with being an African woman. The picture is a young African girl who faces a lot of trivialities from birth. The system has been designed to swallow her whole, especially when she is young because she is black and feminine; like a broken vessel, she is often disregarded and abused in the society and she deals with a lot of physical and psychological pain that is often too much that she gets broken, but the beauty of an African lady lies in the courage to pick up her broken pieces and mend herself, and she looks up to a brighter future where she can achieve her dreams, a future free of oppression and depression; allies and friends both have helped her heal, helped her through the tough times, and encouraged her to keep going. The bond of friendship is the base of emotional fortitude. The design for the ankara head tie created with polymark is used to show her African heritage and the gold-like lacquer on her face and body is used to show the broken parts of herself that her courage has helped her repair; she is strong and she is beautiful because her courage is Gold.