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Ancestral Warrior by Francena Ottley

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Ancestral Warrior is part of an ongoing series called Let the Kids Play. This series focuses on black joy, imagination and trauma through the lens of my children. It’s a reclamation of the joy that has been stolen from children of color for centuries. The idea around having to grow up fast due to circumstances. The reality of children of color dying at alarmingly fast rates. The lack of art children of color are exposed to which prohibits them from being able to dream big and express themselves.

This piece focuses on the strength and beauty of blackness as well as the joy of being a child. She’s a warrior. She’s confident, beautiful, and free.

Francena Ottley is a Dominican- American, New York based Textile Artist, Photographer, Installation Artist, and Mother. Her work consists of using different mediums to create narrative pieces that focus on empowering people of color and uses her art as a tool for visual activism. Her goal is to always make work that speaks to people, empowers people, and shares knowledge while always remaining authentic.

Artwork: Ancestral Warrior, 2024 by Francena Ottley
18 x 13.5 inches Yarn and thread on monks cloth

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