Yewande Kotun Davis
“We Are the Ones We’ve Been Waiting For speaks to the “right to raise children in safe and sustainable communities” aspect of reproductive justice. It depicts an image of little girls simply being their vibrant selves.”
“This piece is a portrait of a woman named Keyona. During the time of the portrait, she faced the joy of motherhood, coupled with the fear of her own (maternal) mortality as a black woman. She also happened to be carrying during a time of racial unrest, which added to the fear she felt as a result of choosing to bring life into the world. She inherently knew the dangers of the world and how unsafe it can be for both herself and her children, but she also knows that bringing them into this world is a beautiful act of rebellion.”
Yewande Kotun Davis (she/her) is a Nigerian American artist based in Baltimore, Maryland. She grew up heavily involved in the arts, and ultimately chose visual art as her way of communing with the world. Yewande uses art, design, and storytelling for self-care and community care, utilizing her art to reframe false or inadequate narratives and reclaim joy. Yewande has exhibited in Baltimore, Washington, DC, Hermosa Beach, California, and Atlanta.