Affirmations of the Week: The Art of Bisa Butler

Bisa Butler see our beauty in a way that is hard to describe. Combine an unbridled love for us with a world class artistic eye and you have Bisa's creations. Feast your eye on it and get full. 

 

Bisa Butler.

Wife | Mother | Multi-Media Artist | Art Teacher

From New Jersey

Ghanian Ancestry

Howard University Alum

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Bisa's Powerful Work.

 
 "Benin Beautiful"

"Benin Beautiful"

 
 "All fabric and some coins. My baby muse..."

"All fabric and some coins. My baby muse..."

 "Anaya with oranges, cotton, chiffon and laced",

"Anaya with oranges, cotton, chiffon and laced",

 
 "To All My Sisters All Around the World, I Stand With You!"

"To All My Sisters All Around the World, I Stand With You!"

 
 "The Madonna, Holy Mary Mother of God", Bisa Butler

"The Madonna, Holy Mary Mother of God", Bisa Butler

 "My dear friends daughter is a force to be reckoned with"

"My dear friends daughter is a force to be reckoned with"

It’s time for us to stand up and be noticed. And it’s time for us to reclaim our ancestral legacies. And it’s time for us to realize that we are beautiful just the way that we are. Our features don’t need to be slimmed down or photoshopped or smoothed. I think it’s important for us to see ourselves as beautiful and strong and powerful and represented in the gallery.
— Bisa Butler, www.youtube.com/watch?v=lNo8jwfCpIY
 
 "Survivor"

"Survivor"

 
 "A quilt of my dear cousin Yvette"

"A quilt of my dear cousin Yvette"

 "Kamaria, A Little Black Queen"

"Kamaria, A Little Black Queen"

People who you see everyday who are like royalty. You can be sitting on the bus and you see somebody across from you and you are amazed that this person is so beautiful, this person has a heart of gold but they are not really recognized. So I wanted to be down with that.
— Bisa Butler, www.youtube.com/watch?v=lNo8jwfCpIY
 
 "#Enough"

"#Enough"

 
 "Swag on 1000!"

"Swag on 1000!"

 "The Unconquerable Lyric"

"The Unconquerable Lyric"

I often start my pieces with a black and white photo and allow myself to tell the story. My stories are told in the fabrics that I choose, the textures I combine, and the colors that create a whole new composition. My portraits tell stories that may have been forgotten over time.
— Bisa Butler, www.claireoliver.com/artists/bisa-butler
 "Anaya's 5th Birthday"

"Anaya's 5th Birthday"

 "Nina in Purples and Blues"

"Nina in Purples and Blues"

 
 "We Out Here, Just Living Our Best Life!"

"We Out Here, Just Living Our Best Life!"

 
 "#LibertyOrDeath"

"#LibertyOrDeath"

 "The Princess, Take 2"

"The Princess, Take 2"

 
 "Lyric"

"Lyric"

 
I have always been drawn to portraits. I was the little girl who would sit next to my grandmother and ask her to go through her old family photo albums. I was the one who wanted to hear the story behind every picture. This inquisitiveness has stayed with me to this day.
— Bisa Butler, www.claireoliver.com/artists/bisa-butler

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