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 exaggerate my own perspective purely because I can. 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, and It is my 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. 

BIO

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 and the representation of Black beauty. Much inspiration is drawn from the lives of her loved ones and fantasy/sci-fi themed media. Aunj completed her Associate of Arts at Tulsa Community College and graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. 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. Since 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, "Time Travel". In March, 2022, she resigned from her role within the collective and 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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