This Artwork reflects a simple, tender moment between a mother and her newborn child. It is a moment that is denied to Black women at a rate higher than white women because Black women are two to three times more likely than white women to die from a pregnancy related complication. The rate is even higher for women over the age of thirty. Our babies are no less precious. I wanted to capture this moment because Black babies matter.
Julie is an abstract figurative painter in the East Bay. She describes her work as “a love poem to Black women” and is interested in spaces where Black women are able to engage in self care and self expression as an act of self-preservation. Julie came to art as a second career and credits her education to online classes and workshops, as well as to the teachers and artists she’s encountered in community centers.