Don't prioritize your happiness. Don't prioritize other people's happiness.

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 prioritize your happiness. Don't prioritize other people's happiness.

“I feel like there are so many things telling you what you're supposed to do like here's how you self-love, but ultimately self-love is about you. It's about how you'll feel better and what heals you, so you need to value your own opinion. No one else can tell you otherwise. It's your life and you can decide what you want to do with it. You don't have to listen to all these outside voices.

I'm just trying to remind myself that I am the sun. Other people don't put the stars in the sky. I do. I am my own person. The world revolves around me in a way. I can leave and go, and do whatever I want at any time. I'm not chained to some person and my happiness does not depend on other people. It definitely feels that way sometimes cause I really like him and I really like my best friends and I never want to do anything that upsets them. I just want to do everything for them that I possibly can. But at the same time, I'm not being fair to myself. I'm not doing what I want to do. Relationships are a two-way street and I need to keep telling myself that.” -Christina B.