Ayeola Omolara Kaplan
Visual Artist/ Abolitionist/ Healer
If we haven't met before, my name is Ayeola
(a west African name that translates to rainbow).
I am an Aries sun♈
Aquarius rising ♒
I'm a black, queer, revolutionary artist
My pronouns are she/her.
I am an abolitionist and surrealist.
I create with the belief that art can be weaponized as self defense against an anti-truth culture plagued by unhealed generational trauma. Through depicting the intersections of identity, class, and spirituality, I hope to contribute to the moving canon of revolutionary art. My work features empowering and electrifying imagery created to energize people, as well as celebrate marginalized folks carrying themselves with clout. The pieces exist as spiritual tools created with the intention to manifest a blissful and equitable future.
In my experience, art is a spiritual and political medium. Primarily, my artwork is a way for me to grow closer to experiencing and expressing the most honest representation of myself. As a Black, Queer, and Jewish abolitionist, I believe sharing my ideas and self-exploration is a radical act.
I've spent a great deal of my life running from myself and developing various masks in order to be accepted. Growing up, I felt shame for my Jewish identity, my blackness, for being a woman and for my queerness.
Art has been the language that I've been able to use to fully reclaim myself. It has been a healing tool for me and I want to help it be a healing tool for other people too.
I hope that through sharing my work, I'm able to help spread joy and empower others to live truthfully and committed to fighting for a world where we can all be free and experience inner and outer peace.
I appreciate y'alls support endlessly! The future is being created by the steps we take today and I have to say, I'm really excited by the future we are walking towards. Thanks for listening 🌞🔥🌞
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