Queen Amina is a painter and visual artist who draws “self-satisfaction.” She focuses on neurographic art — an art form that connects psychology and creativity through active mindfulness.
BLAC spoke with Amina to learn more about her artistic process and why she finds it important to advocate for community, self, and health through her work.
BLAC: How have you been feeling recently and how has this informed your work?
Queen Amina: Lately, I have been feeling more engaged than I have ever felt, and it has informed my work in ways that I could’ve never imagined. I am constantly coming up with new styles and color combinations to further create that connection with whoever happens to gaze upon my work.
BLAC: Why did you choose to pursue visual arts? What about being a visual artist enriches your life?
Queen Amina: My reason for pursuing visual arts is self-satisfaction — more so validation. I am able to turn any idea that I have into a real manifestation. The feeling is not comparable to anything else. While being a visual artist, I have noticed that it brings me more confidence, and I am able to express myself in ways I wasn’t able to do so in the past. Creating allows me to speak through my work, without saying a word.
BLAC: How do you hope to influence your community and the Black community at large through your work?
Queen Amina: In hopes of influencing my community, more importantly, the Black community at large through my work, is to educate those on the purpose of Neurographic Art. To connect psychology with creativity. With mental health being such a prominent topic within our community conversations, I would love to promote the mindfulness that it brings.
BLAC: Tell us about one of your favorite pieces that you’ve created recently. What is it about? Why is it your favorite?
Queen Amina: My favorite piece that I have created, would be a piece titled “The Ground Below.” The inspiration was derived from photos I took while on a plane. It is my favorite because it takes me back to the time when I was above the clouds, just looking down at the earth, the shapes it creates, and the colors you see. I always tend to look at things on a much deeper level than what the eye can see, and I feel I captured that “most” within that piece.
BLAC: What are you working on now? What are your hopes for the future?Queen Amina: Right now, I am working on my first collection, which will be launching this month. I really want others to see my passion through my work, and to feel what I feel as I create. To ultimately produce an experience for my audience, whether it be emotional or visual. In the future, I have hopes of expanding globally with my work and having the opportunity to showcase it in art galleries, and exhibitions internationally.