Don't be arrogant. Don't be humble.

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.

on't be arrogant. Don't be humble.

“It's the credit that you give yourself vs the credit that you allow others to give you vs the credit that you owe. How much credit do you give other people? It's like we feel like we don't deserve the compliment or praise for our hard work.

It's important to be aware and remember these contradictions as well as our personal and communal history. It's not trying to aggrandize it and it's not trying to diminish it. But just let it be what it is. And recognize how we deal with it and how we grow from it. Then encourage young girls.

A lot of the way we figure out what we like and what we don't like is through play. That's how we figure out what works and what doesn't work for us. I always say, the beauty of creativity regardless of what you do, whether that's a creative career or a creative act or even just bringing creativity into any practice, is that it allows a sense of play. I think it's something that children lose too fast. For me especially it was coming out of that and then realizing, wait no that's a great place to be." –Pooja D.