WASHINGTON – As it tends to do, inspiration came to Cierra Lynn Taylor in the form of a whim.
She had already turned furniture, clothes and bathroom stalls into canvases when she decided to sweep a paintbrush across her daughter Jaela’s skin.
She covered the girl’s back with black paint, and then reached toward the white.
“I am,” she wrote in block letters between the girl’s shoulder blades.
In her next strokes, she surrounded that phrase with words she wanted her daughter to remember: Worthy. Powerful. Beautiful. Black and Proud. Enough.
It was one of the first pieces of body art the Black D.C. artist, who is known simply by her first and middle name to those who follow her work, created. She snapped photos of it and, as she tends to do with her artwork, shared them on her Instagram page.
Months later, that page is now filled with