shala’s seven spoon is the wildly original collection of subversive character portraits featuring a stylish and irreverent teenage girl and her evocative social commentary. seven spoon was created by the nigerian american social impact artist, olusola “shala.” akintunde. shala. developed the satirical, racially-ambiguous teen character to celebrate under-represented girls in the media. each seven spoon portrait is created through a unique mixed media process of pencil, ink, marker-rendering, digital collage and digital texturing. she is presented as a series of a mixed-media character portraits collected and traded mainly through limited-edition 16″ X 20″stretched canvas giclees, organic cotton t-shirts and books. The work is released in collections of twelve portrait pieces known as seasons and featured online and in touring gallery exhibits.
shala. is a chicago-based visual artist and producer. he is the founder and chief creative officer of the movement worldwide; an international art house and social cause boutique.
(snippets from an interview with the artist)
“Seven Spoon inspires girls to embrace their individuality and be their own kind of beautiful; beyond fashion trends and impossible beauty standards.”
“She is a smart and satirical girl of random color. I like to say she is not black, she’s colored; include the pun. She represents girls of color; including the peach girls we call white. I think she looks like a majority of the world; and the new America, for that matter.”
“I kind of hate when people call her a ‘sassy black girl’. I feel like that’s just too simple and it limits her to something they can put in a box and stereotype. Please keep my work out of your boxes.”
“It’s like if a person is not white they are black. That’s not what our world looks like but I guess it’s harder for a cartoon character; which are pretty much black or white. I developed the character to, ironically, represent real girls; not just the black and white caricatures and stereotypes we always see in mass media.”
“I think she provides a voice for a new generation of women; or at least the kind of girls I like and grew up with. I like to think she is equally offensive and relatable; and her fans tell me so.”