Artist Statement

My work explores my personal experience of being a Black woman who has grown up in the united states. My paintings are meant to encourage self-acceptance and build tolerance for unique appearances with a hope to relate to women of color who have felt as isolated as I have within European beauty standards. Black women are a marginalized group of people within American society and its due time to start having informative conversations regarding how the world see's us. 

I draw inspiration from the natural hair movement, which encourages non-conformity and legitimacy of afro textured hair. I am passionate about the power that comes from individuals embracing their unique characteristics. 

Using a highly saturated and bright color palette, I fabricate surreal depictions with no anchor in space and time. I create with an undercurrent of my visual influences from sci-fi and fantasy. My work is also heavily inspired by Afrofuturism, which concentrates on placing people of color in a futuristic or fantasy aesthetic. This genre can be found in books, music, productions, and various art forms. All with the hopes of uplifting the Black community to see a future in which they are represented and thrive. 

BIO

Aundria Braggs was raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma and completed her Associate of Arts at Tulsa Community College. She graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in the Spring of 2018. 

Her predominant medium is oil paint, but she also utilizes digital and mixed mediums. Being a woman of color, her work primarily focuses on her experiences and the representation of this marginalized group of people. Sci-fi/Fantasy themed books and media are a favorite past-time of hers, and have a direct influence on the visuals of her work. 

She has had a solo show in the Paseo district in Oklahoma City and continues showing in shared spaces throughout the state. She  exhibited her work at Oklahoma University, IAO gallery, and her home university in Edmond. After her move to Tulsa, Oklahoma in the spring of 2019 she became a member of an all black artists collective called Black Moon. Through her involvement with the collective she has participated in multiple group shows in the city and continues to actively stay connected within the art community of Oklahoma. 

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