Don't take up too much space. Be more opinionated.

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 take up too much space. Be more opinionated.

"The first few pieces of review people were saying to me was "You did a really great job, but be aware of how much you're talking in a conversation. Be aware of much space you're taking up. Maybe let other people in the room contribute more." I was pretty taken aback because I had never got the feedback before that I was saying too much. I really took this to heart. Then right after that someone else said, "You know, I thought you could've spoken up way more. You have a lot to contribute and you should never be afraid to share your ideas." By the time we got to the end of the group of ten people, exactly five had said "Don't take up too much space." and the other five had said "Assert yourself more." By the end, I was like I don't know what to make of this, but ultimately I realized everyone perceives things differently and you can't let that determine how you function and how much you speak.

Just questioning what you experience and what you see. Not everything is set in stone. You can't change how other people act around you, but you can change how you perceive things. Be kind to yourself and find yourself a strong support network." –Hannah N.