FlyPaper Recognizes Women’s History Month
With WCW: Keturah Ariel
It’s amazing. After hearing so much about Keturah and her art, I decided to go through my camera roll because I had a feeling I’d seen some of her work before. In doing so, I found quite a few screenshots that I’d taken in the past of illustrations that moved me and spoke to me as an African American woman. I then recognized the signature strategically placed in the pictures. I realized that for the last few years, I’d been drawing inspiration from several pictures of work created by the talented Keturah Ariel.
Before ever knowing Keturah L’ Artiste, she’d left a profound mark on me during my transition from relaxed to natural hair and even as I became “woke”, stepping into my blackness and voice. I wouldn’t doubt that you’ve also come face-to-face with Keturah’s art, as it’s all over Twitter, IG, Pinterest, Facebook and Tumblr. The Toledo native has been able to transform brands with personal projects, creating masterpieces for Hairfinity, multiple features of her art in Essence Magazine and has her own online store where she sells her unique, thought-provoking artwork fashioned after black beauty, excellence and spirituality. Keturah’s art helps to empower communities, at a time when young black women rarely see positive images of women who look like them.
Keturah gave Flypaper a peak into her identity, her work and why she does what she does.
Who is Keturah Ariel?
I’m a young gifted and black artist originally from Toledo, Ohio with strong family ties to Detroit, MI. I make insightful art and turn it into products that people have purchased from all over the world.
How did you end up on this path?
I’ve always been an artist who has dreamed to make art full-time, I am living within my dream.
Why is your work so important to your community?
As an artist, it is my duty to make art that inspires, uplifts, and advocates for my community. Nothing is more important in my art than this.
What one piece of advice would you give to young women of color in pursuit of their dreams?
Be realistic and never give up. Also, just be sure to always make time for your passion, no matter what.
How do you stay grounded in your efforts? How do you keep on going strong?
I feel empowered every time I am able to successfully communicate a message via my art to the masses. That keeps me going more than anything else.
What is one of the most difficult obstacles you’ve faced as an artist?
I can be quite the introvert and not feeling comfortable with sharing everything I create. My obstacles are mostly internal.
What is the most rewarding part of what you do?
Being able to make my family proud, they are the best support system anyone could ask for, I am beyond blessed.
What’s next for you?
Growing arielbrands.com and staying focused on my plight as an artist.
Click the pictures below to shop Keturah Ariel’s online gallery.