Be adventurous. Stick to your roots.

300 USD

15% of proceeds will be donated to Womankind (, nonprofit dedicated to helping survivors of gender-based violence to rise above trauma.

YEAR 2018
MEDIUM Acrylic ink 
EDITION Original artwork
FRAMED In white

Each artwork was created after having a conversation with a woman about her gendered contradiction. This is part of a series called Defying Dualities. Learn more about the work here: www.takeupspacebybng.

Be adventurous. Stick to your roots.

“When I was younger, I lived in International dorms and I became friends with some girls from England and America. They were asking me "Why do you want to be a secretary? You hate it." And I thought, oh well, I didn't know that was an option. I thought that was what I was supposed to do. So I chucked it all in and went to Scotland to study when I was 22.

My friends come up to me, "You're leaving the country and you don't know the language and what if you fail?" And I think, well then I'll fail and it'll be fine. I wasn't scared of any of the changes. I wasn't scared of moving to Spain or Mexico or any of that. I was curious and I wanted to do it. The growth for me was learning to trust intuition. A lot of the stuff that I've taken and the career changes I've had weren't super thought through in advance. It was just something I did. The insights come in hindsight. I don't think, this is what's going to happen and it's going to be cool. It's more like this sounds fun so let's try it.

The limitations we are putting on ourselves and the contradictions, if they remain unexplored, they limit our own lives and happiness. And eventually they affect the lives that we are influencing as well." –Doris F.