My work explores my personal experience of being a Black woman who has grown up in the united states. I want my paintings to encourage self-acceptance and build tolerance for unique appearances. I hope to relate to women of color who have felt as isolated as I have within European beauty standards. Additionally, I want to start informative conversations about a marginalized group of people within American society.
I draw inspiration from the natural hair movement, which encourages non-conformity and legitimacy of afro textured hair. I want to put an emphasis on 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.
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 Art 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. Aundria Braggs is an up and coming artist and sustains involvement within the art community of Oklahoma.