London artist Aisha Mohamed takes classic art and envisions them with black women instead of the European silhouettes originally painted. The 22 year old digital artist tweeted images of her interpretations and they were a hit to people across the world.
During an interview with Buzzfeed, Mohamed explains the concept and the importance of the artwork.
“I couldn’t help but notice that I never saw myself reflected in any of my favourite pieces. It was an isolating feeling. In a way, this piece was about reclaiming this very white space and saying, ‘We’re here and we’re beautiful.” she says.
Her first piece was an image of Aya Jones and after it was finished, Mohamed was still unsure about the entire project.
“It was the first one I did, and at the time I was still very unsure about the concept and where I was going with it…After making it, I knew I had to make a collection. There was something so striking about it and I wanted to recapture it as many times as I could.”
Mohamed who now sells her artwork continues to create art where black women are featured as beautiful. Keep up with with the artist on Twitter .