Visual Art Influences
Barbara Kruger, is an American Conceptual Artist, born in 1945. She is an influential artist for me because she used her engaging collages to convey feminist culture and examine sterotypes.
Barbara Jones-Hogu (1938-2017), was an African-American visual artist. She is best known for her work with the Organization of Black American Culture and for co-founding the artists' collective AfriCOBRA.
Keith Haring was a popular artist and activist who was part of the legendary New York art scene during the 1980s. He is an influential artist for me because of his many works that challenged apartheid, raised awareness about the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the United States, and fought for LGBTQ+ rights.
Jeff Donaldson (1932-2004), was a visual artist. His works were influential to me as they helped define the Black Arts Movement of the 1960s and 1970s.
Shepard Fairey (born 1970) is an American contemporary street artist, graphic designer, activist, illustrator. He influences me through his style of art and his portrayal of controversial topics.
Betty Tompkins, born 1945, is an American painter. She influences me because of her work regarding feminism, gender equality, sexual harassment, and the #MeToo movement.
Literary Art Influences
Maya Angelou Maya Angelou (1928-2014) was a civil rights activist, poet and award-winning author. She has a large influence on me because I find not only her life story, but also her work regarding civil rights incredibly inspiring.
Audre Lorde (1934-1992) was an American writer, feminist, womanist, and civil rights activist. Her writing influences me as it confronts and addresses injustices of racism, sexism, classism, and homophobia.
Alice Walker, born 1944, is an American short story writer, poet, novelist. She influences me through her impressive work in and regarding the Civil Rights and Feminist Movements.
Langston Hughes (1902-1967) was an American poet, social activist, novelist, playwright, and columnist. He influences me because his poetry helped define the civil rights movement.