Artist Statement:

Acrylic paint on wood canvas

This artwork extends between two canvasses to capture a figurative and abstract depiction of my story. The figurative side (left side) represents Black women mindlessly diving into spontaneous plans or ideas, hence the name Mindless Divers of The Lagoon. The abstract side (right side) represents bliss from the spontaneous actions and the lack of regret that resulted from them. The simplified, elongated bodies go in different directions depicting the positive and unexpected paths unrestricted actions can have in life. The significance of this artwork is to remind Black women to ignore what others may think of their actions and be spontaneous. It only hurts themselves and prevents growth, happiness, and gained life experiences when refraining from being free to your truest self. Some Black women may feel that they must share a certain image with society, but what is the value of an image if it is a product of restrain.

About the Artist:


Venus Nwaokoro is a full-time first-year student pursuing a BFA in Studio Art; they are a Nigerian and Israeli person. Venus' work has been included in the third issue of Pitch Magazine, a magazine that celebrates Black expression. Their work has also been shown in London, Ontario galleries/exhibitions including Satellite Gallery and the Aeterna Glamour exhibit. Venus' goal as an artist is to spread inspiration, creativity, and wonder.