The Letter E - Becca Arjoon
The Pride colour purple represents spirit. When I think about the spirit of Pride, my mind goes nowhere else but to the start. My entire piece is a dedication to the formation of the gay liberation movement – and mainly to Sylvia Rivera and Marsha P Johnson, who both had their place in founding the Gay Liberation Front and Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries. I stayed mostly true to the newspaper images I collected, so one could see the determination in Marsha P’s eyes, and Sylvia’s proud stance. We must never forget the fight people had to endure in order to get us the freedom and celebrations we enjoy today. My hopes are that the energy of the founding LGBT movement will be felt by those who recognize the images I recreated. For those interested in researching the history of the gay liberation movement, I wish you a new sense of Pride.
Born to a broken home, I found solace in art. Cartoons were my childhood favourite. Entering pubescence, I began to focus on detail-oriented visual arts, thanks to the encouragement and harshest criticisms of my high-school art teacher. She would feature mine and other classmates’ art in the local gallery.
My tumultuous entrance into adulthood further inspired me: from substance abuse to mental breakdowns, art became passion and therapy.
My style continues to evolve along with me; I am currently on a trend of images with sexuality or morbid undertones that definitely encourages self-psychoanalysis.
I have begun collaborating with fellow artists to run workshops. We plan to continue hosting affordable workshops to Lethbridge in the very near future.