Artist: Ojo Agi

Artist Bio: Ojo Agi is a self-taught Nigerian artist born and raised in Canada. She uses her art to demonstrate that women of colour are more multi-faceted than stereotypes suggest. Her artwork illustrates the sensitivity and complexity that is typically silenced on brown bodies. She aims to show that brown is beautiful, diverse and empowering; but also use each piece as an opportunity to learn and un-learn what is beautiful to her. She works predominantly with art markers and acrylic paint, though she experiments with other mediums frequently. Whether a piece takes hours or days to complete, potent emotions and delicate details permeate her work. Her greatest hope as an artist is to tell stories that people of any background can identify with. She is currently based in Ottawa, Canada.

Description: Part of the “For sad girls and lonely boys” collection, centering the mental health of
people of colour. Each illustration tells a personal story for me, and collectively they demonstrate the sensitive side of people of colour that’s not often acknowledged by mainstream society.

We are subject to numerous negative stereotypes that limit our free range of desires, prospects and emotions, leading to damaging effects on our social interactions and mental health. We tend combat the negatives (like “sassy” or “ghetto”) with words like “strong” and “resilient”, forgetting that there is also a sensitive side to all of us. This collection features women of colour in a way we refuse to see them: vulnerable.

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