We had the good fortune of connecting with Deyanna Denyse and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Deyanna, what role has risk played in your life or career?
I take calculated risk, often. Honestly, some of the risks I take are a success and other times they fall through however when I removed the idea of “failing” taking risk became simplier. I’ve learned that in order to grow I had to take a risk. Risks may look different from person to person. Stepping out my comfort zone is a risk. Funding my first tour was a risk. Having faith that my dreams is manifesting is a risk. A risk can make or break you but either way you grow. Its the growth for me .
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My art represents the lost Dimension of the Divine Feminine in the African American Diaspora. For many years WOC were used and abused for their bodies and were taught to disassociate from what makes them magically Feminine. Check our history, WOC were never seen as a subjects of “fine art” unless in shakles and/or chains. Why is that? It has programmed many of us to believe we are less then and if we were to exposed ourselves in any way, its deemed derogatory. Can you imagine Jack painting a picture of “Keisha” with her breast exposed, praising her as a work of art? I can however its rarely seen in mainstream. Its the negative programming and body shaming for me. Stepping into this path is not easy at all. I’ve exposed my entire being for the world to pick me apart. My message is frequently misunderstood due to the layers of programming mentioned above. Its not easy changing a narrative thats been a constant for decades. However, when I am approached by a young or older lady expressing how my work has shift the way they view themselves, I know I am right where I am supposed to be. Following this passion has taught me inner strength and courage. It has also taught me levels of self love I didnt know existed. I’ve learned how to have compassion for others and their views whether they agree with me or not. I’ve learned acceptance and unconditional love, not only for myself but for others as well. I would love the world to know that nudity is natural and beautiful in all shades. Being Feminine is powerful and the entirety of my brand is the epitome of that.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
We would go hiking to the highest point at Kennesaw Mountain, seeing all of GA is a must! I’d take her for lunch at Tassilis Raw Reality in the West End as they have THE best Kale wraps in the city Juiceheads Atlanta for cold-pressed juice and Life Bistro in East point for dinner Yoga in the park would follow the next day Live music at Two Urban Licks We have brunch at Atlantis bar and grill ( Bottomless Mimosa for girls!) We would visit all the black owned Art Galleries in the city ( CHACE Village, Zucot Galleries, Hammond House ,ect) Have boutiful laughter at “The Shit Show” hosted at the Compound My best friend would want to move to Atl by weeks end
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
So many people! I’d love to first shout out Eugene Bryd of Future Dead Artist, my Phototgrapher and friend Brian Childress, Kevin Williams( Living Legend/Artist) My family, Artlanta, Eckhart Tolle (author of The Power of Now) my Ancestors and Angels, and God/Uni. To say the least. There are so many other people whose given me words of wisdom and encouagement that I appreciate as well. I would even shout out Voyage of Atlanta for providing a platform for creatives to share their stories. Its stories like these that motivate the masses.
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