Don't be too confident. Don't be too insecure.

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 too confident. Don't be too insecure.

“I think the reason why I come off as confident is that I've come to an understanding with myself that I don't know what the fuck I'm doing, but I have a set of beliefs that will guide me into what I want to be doing.

My mom always told me "You know who you are. You know you are a strong woman. Just follow it." I would ask her for life advice, "Mom, what should I be when I grow up?" and my mom would say, "I can't tell you because then you'll be swayed by my opinion, but just do whatever you want to do. Whatever feels right. If you fuck up, you fuck up, just keep going. But you're not going to fuck up because you're great. The world didn't stop going when someone had a terrible moment so it's not going to stop going when you have a terrible moment."

How do you expect other people to treat you equally if you yourself don't see yourself as equal? And that's the huge thing about contradictions right? If you feel this dichotomy in yourself at all times, how are you going to get past it? It's not about other people getting past it, it's about you getting past it." –Ana Z.