Each illustration tells a personal story for me, and collectively they demonstrate the sensitive side of people of colour that’s not often acknowledged by mainstream society. We are subject to numerous negative stereotypes that limit our free range of desires, prospects and emotions, leading to damaging effects on our social interactions and mental health.
This collection, aptly named “For sad girls and lonely boys”, features women and men of colour in a way we refuse to see them: vulnerable. We tend to combat the negatives (like "sassy" or "ghetto") with words like "strong" and "resilient", forgetting that there is also a sensitive side to all of us.
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