Day 71: Ambrose

Please behold today’s thoughtful and magical creative feminist (@ambrosia_the_nectar). In the relatively short space of time I’ve been soaking in Ambrose’s incredible artwork, I have learnt so much and have become completely spellbound by the beauty, imagination and thought that is tied up and bound in each piece of artwork she produces.

1. My name is Ambrose (@ambrosia_the_nectar). I am a Southern artist from North Carolina interested in exploring and visualizing the complexities of memory living in the body, imagination as a reparative and powerful tool and the mystical potential of all of the above. I mostly work through painting, sewing and collage.

2. I have developed my practice by looking to other artists for guidance and inspiration. I have been making things since I was a child, and my work has developed by leaning into experimentation, making “bad” work or work for myself, and following where the work takes me.

3. I am inspired by other artists and art forms. Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons. Beverly Buchanan. Titus Kaphar. Nick Cave. Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre. Alice Walker. Toni Morrison. I love to read critical theory, for example, Christina Sharpe, Saidiya Hartman, Hortense Spillers and more (I was an African-American Studies major). And lastly, I love to sew and paint. The fabric store is one of my favorite places.

4. I believe that we are all creatives. And for me, to be a feminist is understanding that Black trans women should be at the front of our movement. Being a feminist is understanding that Kimberlé Crenshaw coined the term Intersectionslity; Tarana Burke, the brick mason of the Me Too movement, laid the foundation in community centers with young black girls in the South who were brave enough to say “me too”; Fannie Lou Hamer fought for Black lives, land sovereignty, food justice and more; Ida B Wells, was one of the first prominent leaders of the anti-lynching movement that continues today, right now. And numerous black artists like Alice Walker and Toni Morrison have planted seeds for our imaginations and internal worlds to grow, expand and become real.

There is so much I’d like to celebrate and reflect on in Ambrose’s captivating words and breath-taking artwork but I think I’d like to conclude this interview by pausing and thanking Ambrose for teaching us and reminding us that black trans women need to be at the forefront of our feminism. I’m also incredibly grateful to Ambrose for citing so many brilliant and prominent black feminist activists, writers and artists. I urge you all to use Ambrose’s interview as a springboard for personal reading and research. Please show Ambrose a worthy welcome to our community by following her page @ambrosia_the_nectar and by commenting your love for her words and work below. We thank you for the incredible work you are doing Ambrose, your magical artwork is a true inspiration to me and this community. 

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