The first time I discovered Vanessa’s work was through instagram. Her first NOT UR BABY art benefit was a huge success and the work from her show flooded my timeline for a good week. I wasn’t mad though, Vanessa has raw talent. Her art is in your face, always has message, and she goes super hard for other queens. So when we were choosing women to feature for our #QueenseeQueen segment on the blog, choosing Vanessa was a no brainer. I really respect what she has done for women in the community and what she continues to do with her NOT UR BABY art shows and I feel like EVERYONE should know about it. So I would like to introduce you all to Vanessa Vigil aka @vavimami.
Tell me about your artistry and what exactly do you do?
I was born an artist, there is no alternate thing that can be given or taken from me to stop me creating. I can’t live a normally functioning life without my form of expression (trust me I’ve tried, it wasn’t cute). Them 100+ crayon boxes used to have me so hyphy all day.
What inspires you to create? Does living in the Bay Area have an impact on your art?
“From the physical strengths we can endure to the internal strengths all women go through. We are such powerful moving beings, it would be impossible for me not to be highly influenced.”
You celebrate female nudity in some of your art why is that?
I often celebrate the female nudity because I am drawn to it. I am drawn to the skin that pushes through the storms, and still glows. Soft curves and persuasive form, the same body that connects this world and another with LIFE. Magical. As an artist, its important for me to convey to my audience (which consists of all genders) what its like to look upon a woman from another woman. Too often we see women in a MAN’S perspective. How a woman appreciates woman, how women love women, how women understand women, is what I hope to give a hint of understanding to, to those who forgot or don’t understand.
Tell us about NOT ur BABY. How was the idea to start this art show born?