Magickal Project 1 o 5: The Images; Artist Micah BlackLight
“Just because we’re magic, doesn’t mean that we aren’t real…” Jesse Williams
“Afrofuturist academics are looking at alien motifs as a progressive framework to examine how those who are alienated adopt modes of resistance and transformation.”
― Ytasha L. Womack, Afrofuturism: The World of Black Sci-Fi and Fantasy Culture
Our goal with these pieces is to represent how Black folks tap their imagination to be MORE than “human.” The idea of grooming is to make one’s self look as imagined or desired; by implication, we want to show transformation into the step beyond-the MAGICKAL aspect of looking and being Black, the looks, the culture and the appeal.
Model: Iminah Laura Ahmad
From Micah BlackLight:
Okay. What inspired me to create what I did?
I guess I would say I had two major things inform this piece:
1. was Carbon-AR's expressed wishes that this be an afro-futurist piece and
2. the fact that I've got a concept I call the "Faced Project" that's been calling to me so loudly of late I pull from it every chance I get.
For me, creating this as an afro-futurist piece meant making sure that SOMEwhere in evidence on the piece was some element or elements that evoke a feeling of tech, of advanced apparatus or even just a feeling of existing in, or being from, the future; a future somewhere. And my fascination with the "Faced Project" just insured that I make it so the being was possessed of a MINIMUM of three faces.
Creating this work was actually a great joy to me partially because it marked the first digital iteration of a "Faced" character. Up until now, all have been hand-drawn. This also marked the first time I seriously utilized some brand new tech: the 12.9" iPad Pro, the Apple Pencil, and one of the sickest iPad drawing apps I've found or heard about thus far- Procreate. I ended up going between Procreate, Photoshop, and Clip Studio Paint. It was INCREDIBLE. I loved every minute of it.
I have recently committed to diving deeper into my afro-futuristic horizons, and this project was a wonderful place to continue that exploration. Carbon-AR gave me a LOT of creative freedom, and I cannot say enough what a joy it was working for/with ya'll.
Looking forward to more collaborations VERY soon.
Thanks so much for the opportunity."