Don't be courageous. Don't be apprehensive.

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.

Don't be courageous. Don't be apprehensive.

“Looking back ten years ago I would not recognize myself. And there’s still a piece of me inside that goes oh my god you’re talking to a stranger. Who are you? Why are you doing that to yourself? Because I usually get pretty nervous. Or applying for jobs I feel unqualified for. Now I’m like “Just try and see.” Ten years ago I would’ve said, “Let’s not even try that. There’s no point. I’m not going to get it.” I still have that in me, but now I’m just pushing it away. I tell myself, “Stop. You can do this. You’ll survive. Everything will be ok.”

I think we over analyze ourselves too much. Sometimes it’s good, but sometimes it can be bad. When we are introspective and look inside ourselves, I always think of these inner qualities as different characters. They’re all dressed differently. Listen to them. Don’t shut one up. Own all the characters that you have within yourself." –Maia H.