When you add black women to anything, it's an automatic level-up! That's why we're so excited about 22-year-old London-based digital artist Aisha Mohamed, who decided to add a black girl magic spin to Van Gogh's classic floral paintings. That's right, she's reimagined the legendary artist's paintings using black women!
"Black women are art. And not only when our bodies are sexualised and oiled up. I feel like I have a responsibility as a black woman to represent us in my art," Mohamed told Buzzfeed.
And represent us, she did! Mohamed used her skills to add images of Solange, Alek Wek, Zoe Kravitz and more into the classic paintings.
"We live in a time where social media allows us direct access to different versions of our blackness, I wanted to make something that young black girls could feel connected to," noted Mohamed.
Mohamed tweeted her gorgeous images:
'reinterpreting van gogh's floral paintings with black women: part one' (any RTs or likes are appreciated!!!!) pic.twitter.com/YM1gDlPzk5— aisha 🌹 (@blackpowerpufff) December 17, 2017
'reinterpreting van gogh's floral paintings with black women: part two' (again any RTs or likes are appreciated!!!!) pic.twitter.com/OaQVgBaXZK— aisha 🌹 (@blackpowerpufff) December 18, 2017
And received a hugely positive response:
These are STUNNING!!!! Wow!— Rabiah Hussain (@HussnR) December 18, 2017
Soooo when are you inviting us to the exhibition babes? I love this 😩— BlackGirlsBookClub (@bg_bookclub) December 17, 2017
Look at those numbers pic.twitter.com/pdridBg4cU— Art of chillin (@Kevkashi) December 18, 2017
And the warm reception left Mohamed — to use her own words — "shook."
UMMMMM you don't even know how much i LOVE your art girl i'm a stan!!!— aisha 🌹 (@blackpowerpufff) December 21, 2017
i'm still so shook that people like this! thank you so much 👊🏾👊🏾— aisha 🌹 (@blackpowerpufff) December 18, 2017
"What especially touched me were the comments. I had one comment that told me my art had made their day. I never knew my art could make someone feel like that," Mohamed said.
And if you're wondering how Mohamed got into digital artistry?
"This passion of mine actually first came about in my Tumblr days when I was 16 [or] 17, I made a lot of 'fan art' but eventually grew out of it," said the artist. "It was only a few months ago that I picked Photoshop up again, but this time focusing on something very important to me – black women."
Oh, and if you're looking for prints of these gorgeous reimagined paintings, Mohamed tweeted that she hopes to offer prints in 2018! Keep your eyes peeled!
😭😭😭😭 i've not started doing prints yet but hopefully in 2018!!!— aisha 🌹 (@blackpowerpufff) December 18, 2017