visual artist sara k. golish: changing society’s meaning of beautiful

October 29, 2013

What makes you beautiful? Is it your crooked smile, the gap in between your front two teeth or maybe it’s that quirky personality and aqua blue fro-hawk that causes heads to turn, nonetheless, you choose! Beauty to me is everything opposite of society’s standards. Somehow imaginary people who exist in this world have decided what is considered the “norm”, which is probably a bunch of boring “normal” people. This is why it’s innovative whenever true artists like Sara K. Golish create realistic representations of beauty- praising the uniqueness of cultures and physical traits people of the world possess.

By Tip Jordan, AFROPUNK Contributor *

As I admired the beautiful skin tones and sultry physicality of Sara’s paintings, I couldn’t help but ask what could possibly inspire her to illustrate such realistic portraits. She mentioned the Pre-Raphaelites, Art Nouveau and of course the Black cultures from around the world. Each piece is accessorized with gold leaf and a seventy’s pattern motif.

As far as the message Sara wishes to convey through her work she stated: “I would like to bring an awareness and appreciation to the power and beauty women behold – particularly women of color. I find it astonishing we still live in a world where mainstream beauty is for the most part defined as one shape, one shade and one age group. From what I can see, it seems as though there is a slow shift taking place and correcting this long standing standard of what denotes beauty.”
Sara’s masterpiece not only empowers Afro women to remain comfortable in their own skin, but leaves the viewers of all ethnicities open to their own interpretation. These paintings are evident to the admiration, inspiration, and honor the Black culture beholds within the world although society has a hard time admitting it. Be proud of who you are and indulge in the fact that there is only one you. So again I ask, what makes you beautiful?

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