Harlem-based artist Debra Cartwright aims to combat stereotypes placed on Black women through her ethereal and whimsical watercolors which show Black women as delicate \and carefree.
"In my work, I show another side of black women," Cartwright told the Huffington Post. "There's enough heaviness around black women with stress, societal pressures, beauty standards. We're seen as 'angry' when we have opinions, our hair [is] 'unprofessional' or 'militant' when it's just how it grows out of our head. I seek to portray us as soft, feminine and carefree. The fluidity of watercolors really lends to that message. I continue loosening my technique with watercolor and it feels even more powerful. Other mediums are too tactile. I love the ethereal quality of that medium."
View her work below.
Photos: Debra Cartwright