the monarq describes this collection of work as "a portrait series that was completed as a form of art therapy to heal from work burnout, focused on black women in their many guises—their exuberance, their confidence, and vulnerability. Each image serves as a love letter to black women. My intention is to create more varied images of black women within a field that has historically neglected or dehumanized them, and I aim to address this injustice by celebrating the women portrayed." This lobby exhibit is curated in conjunction with Lydia and the Troll.
Meet the Artist
Sabella "the monarq"
Sabella is an artist, designer, and writer from Chicago now living in Seattle. She creates under the moniker “the monarq” which is a multidisciplinary art practice. Her work explores how true selfhood and identity is multifaceted and subjective through printmaking, analog photography, and portraiture. She is invested in created varied representations of oppressed communities and is inspired by the resilience of Black joy. In addition to being an artist Sabella works for a nonprofit designing decentralized tech for indigenous communities worldwide. Sabella can be found online on Instagram at @themonarq and at themonarq.com