The Art of Self Study with Glowzi

The Art of Self Study with Glowzi

Illustration picks up where reality leaves off, and CRWN Muse Glowzi quite literally draws her own realities into existence through compelling visual work that blends imagination and self. A multidisciplinary artist from Tiohtiá:ke (known as “Montreal”), Glowzi uses painting, digital drawing and vinyl mixing to take her place in the creative world.

“I am my own muse. I am the subject I know best, the subject I want to know better.”
— Oroma Elewa

During our IG Live interview, Glowzi expresses that she uses her self as her own muse because representation of Black women through art history has been largely obscured — and what better way to tell her own story, than to make work that flows through herself.

Through time, many artists have unearthed the self through portraiture. Painter Frida Kahlo often painted stoic medium shots of herself featuring animals, florals, the natural world and insects to explore aloneness. Barkley L. Hendricks not only painted stylish photos of black figures, but also found himself the subject of his own affections in works such as Brilliantly Endowed, 1977 and Icon for My Man Superman (Superman never saved any black people—Bobby Seale, 1960).

Thematically, Blackness and power fuel her work.

In her piece titled “ceci n’est pas le regard d’une personne noire” (“this is not the gaze of a Black individual”), Glowzi explains, I thoroughly enjoyed crafting this piece. My main intent was to remind the audience that being a Black individual is not an experience or monolith. The audience was not looking at the gaze of a Black individual; they were solely looking at one of the innumerable types of gazes that can be given by someone who is labeled as Black.”

Glowzi also invests in nostalgia in pieces like “La femme au habits de ciment". A woman dressed in cement block buildings to harken back to an early childhood memory of imagining architecture as dresses and the fronts of cars as faces.

Though fantastical in many ways, Glowzi’s work is an autobiography and a contributory voice to black feminine representation in the multimedia arts. | Catch her over on Instagram or over at her website for more!

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