Art by Urunna Anayanwu

By Urunna Anayanwu

My piece was done with digital media and the art program Krita. In my piece, a white hand is holding a candle, melting the black woman’s skin, representative of the forceful removal of Africans centuries ago. Despite the eternal candle continuously melting her skin, she paints it back herself, similar to the ways different Black communities of the Diaspora have rebuilt and embraced their individual cultures over the years. Like Sankofa, the many unique Black communities are retrieving strength and beauty for themselves despite the hardships imposed upon them from outsiders.