shala’s seven spoon is the wildly original collection of subversive character portraits featuring an irreverent teenage girl and her provocative 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 artist and producer. he is a pioneer in the genre of solar art and the founder of the movement worldwide; an international art house and social cause boutique. His most recent work, was featured at last year’s Miami Art Basel and the Philadelphia Museum of Art in 2016. He also recently completed his most ambitious solar sculpture to date, The Bronzeville Solar Pyramid, a new Chicago landmark public installation and the first of its kind.
(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.”