Artist Statement

I tend to explore my own personal narrative and how I can relate to other people—you are who you are because of where you've been and I often exaggerate my own perspective in order to deeply explore my inner world. Using a highly saturated color palette, my work fabricates surreal depictions with no anchor in space or time, developed by my visual influences from sci-fi/fantasy themes. Encouraging self-acceptance and building tolerance for unique appearances are consistent themes within my portfolio. I hope that women of color, who have felt as isolated as I have, can see themselves within the visuals of my work. I often depict hair as a defining characteristic of my subjects and Afrofuturistic can describe some of my pieces, which concentrates on placing Black people in a futuristic, surreal, or fantasy aesthetic. This genre can be found in books, music, productions, and various art forms, all with the hopes of uplifting the Black community to see a future in which they are represented and thriving. 


Aunj is a Painter, Muralist, and Mixed Media Artist based in Tulsa, OK. Her work primarily centers around her lived experiences as a Black woman, representation of Black beauty/joy, and self-preservation. Much inspiration is drawn from the lives of her loved ones, introspective contemplation, and fantasy/sci-fi media. Aunj graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2018 and early in her career she exhibited at Oklahoma University, IAO Gallery, and her home University in Edmond. After her move back to Tulsa in 2019, she joined an all Black Artist's collective called Black Moon. Through her involvement with the collective, she has participated in group shows at TAC Gallery, Living Arts, the Gilcrease Museum, and the Philbrook Museum. At the Philbrook, Aunj was featured as the Lead Artist in the creation of the temporary 60-foot mural installation, "Time Travel" and her work, "Inseparable", was featured on the May 2021 cover of Tulsa People Magazine. In March 2022, she resigned from her role within the collective and has since been featured as a muralist for the Sunny Dayz Mural Festival, exhibited work at MAINSITE in Norman, been commissioned for a 75' mural, and is now serving as Program Chair and Development Co-Chair of the board for Sunny Dayz—an arts non-profit dedicated to serving women working in the arts. As her career reaches forward, she is staying actively invested within the arts community of Oklahoma and she is optimistic that the art scene will continue to be more diverse and inclusive in the future. 

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