Three Pieces // Vanessa Maki

look into my eyez

i don't cry, i cry sometimes

what you wish would come out

Artist's Statements:

look into my eyez is a piece with a digital background & the photo used twice is one I took in 2017. The title of the piece was inspired by 2Pac's "All Eyez On Me". Aside from that the piece itself is about how intimidating making eye contact is. It's subtly playing on how the eyes are the window to the soul. So the intention of the piece is to make the viewer think of what they see when they look at my eyes.

i don't cry, i cry sometimes is a digital piece about my mental health. It also revolves around vulnerability & how that's difficult for me.

what you wish would come out is a piece with a digital background with digitally drawn 'puke' & the photo used is one I took on my iPod. The piece is about bulimia but the purging that occurs in this piece are terms often associated with self loathing.

Vanessa Maki is a queer writer, artist & other things. She’s full of black girl magic & has no apologies for that. Her work has appeared in various places like Really System & others. She is also forthcoming in a variety of places. She’s founder/EIC of rose quartz magazine & is involved in other spaces as well. Follow her twitter @theblackbuffy & visit her site.

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