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My name is Ohso. I'm a self-taught, mixed media artist, born & raised in New Orleans, LA! I paint imaginative, 3-D composition portraits of Women of Color. My metaphorical works often include Biblical Symbolism and African influences with traditional African hairstyles & Adinkra Symbols at the forefront.
I have no formal training in color harmonies but I prefer a distinct, strong, yet vibrant palette and the way I approach color choice is intuitive. My go-to mediums are acrylic, ink, and celluclay / sculptamold interchangeably but I often incorporate airbrush, pastels, fabric paints, modeling paste, glass beads, and gels.
"The aesthetics of natural hairstyles, such as Dreadlocks, Twists, Braids, and Afros are emphasized as sculptured flowing tresses in my work because it's part of my identity showcasing links to my African ancestry. Our hair is not only a distinctive symbol of beauty, strength, pride, and empowerment but in early African civilizations and in some Black Communities today, our hairstyles indicate social rank, age, wealth, make political statements, and even act as a spiritual antenna for interaction to God."
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