I started having my really anxious thoughts for the first time in about a week and a half (4 weeks into taking anxiety meds) it was weird because even though it’s still fairly early on, I definitely notice a huge difference and pretty rarely have the anxious feeling (I used to feel that anxiety pretty much all the time) but even after just a week of feeling more free from my anxiety, I’ve started to get used to not being anxious and getting used to not being in fear all the time. So when I felt the thoughts creeping in I thought to myself “this is minor, and it’s nothing I haven’t dealt with before” (which was never really something that would cross my mind before the meds, usually it was just panic and “OMG this is the worst I can’t handle anything, I think I could die”) I also feel it and feel really thankful that that doesn’t HAVE to be my normal anymore! I’m still learning, I’m still getting used to the fact that anxiety ISNT my normal anymore. I’m still re-learning so much, re-learning the things to fear and the things that I don’t have to fear anymore. I’m so thankful for the support of friends, and that I’m fortunate enough to have the means to get medication!



Contemporary Art Week!

Kehinde Wiley

Los Angeles native and New York-based visual artist Kehinde Wiley has firmly situated himself within art history’s portrait painting tradition. As a contemporary descendent of a long line of portraitists—including Reynolds, Gainsborough, Titian, Ingres, and others—Wiley engages the signs and visual rhetoric of the heroic, powerful, majestic, and sublime in his representation of urban black and brown men found throughout the world.

By applying the visual vocabulary and conventions of glorification, wealth, prestige, and history to subject matter drawn from the urban fabric, Wiley makes his subjects and their stylistic references juxtaposed inversions of each other, forcing ambiguity and provocative perplexity to pervade his imagery. Wiley’s larger-than-life figures disturb and interrupt tropes of portrait painting, often blurring the boundaries between traditional and contemporary modes of representation and the critical portrayal of masculinity and physicality as it pertains to the view of black and brown young men.


1. Down With a Bullet, 2011., 2. Femme Piquee par un Serpent, 2008, oil on canvas. 3. Matador, 2009. Oil on paper 57.5” x 134.5”., 4. Sleep, 2008. Oil on canvas 132” x 300”.

danyelbaux It’s the artist you love that we saw at the Milwaukee Art Museum! I recognized the work immediately! :]