Reshada Pullen-Jireh
  • Female
  • Silver Spring, MD
  • United States

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A major part of humanity is to be able to self-identify with good.  An onslaught of images of victimization, criminalization, dehumanization or simply overall omission can cause indelible damage for generations.  I am an optimist.  By nature, by nurture and by choice I see the best in every situation and expect the best at all times in life.  I celebrate respiration and see anything positive as an excuse to choose joy.  What makes a thing powerful? If I only see power in sadness and depression; my vision of power is skewed and beyond my control.  Sadness, fear, and pain are oppressive.  Negativity robs those who engage in it the power and strength to go on, to continue, it extracts the will to live.  I choose joy.  I take on my own empowerment and in my choosing, I am strengthened and energized.  It takes boldness to continue activate joy when the temptation to suffer is high.  I paint stories, moments in unwritten, but well experienced tales filled with joy, peace, and celebration.  There is no room for grief in my artmaking.  Painting pain is like reliving the attack, over and over again.  Only a self-destructive fool would use her enemy’s weapon against herself.  I reset my focus.  I choose life.  I choose joy

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At 3:14pm on October 17, 2016, mullerjeanfrancois said…

nice work

At 6:30pm on February 5, 2016, Jacqueline Wilson said…

love your artwork


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