I created this work in 2017 after beginning to walk in my purpose as a creative. Although this work was created prior to the BLM mural in 2020, this work still embodies the same feelings it did in 2017, as it does today. Wild heart, free mind is a reflection of freedom despite all obstacles placed in your path. While we fight for justice and equality, we must remember that we are divine beings sent here to fulfill our individual purpose. The systemic oppression of black people was designed to keep us enslaved in our minds when they could no longer hold us in chains. This work encourages its viewers to go after their wildest dreams, to be our ancestor’s wildest dreams, and to not allow the mental shackles of racism to hold you back from all of the things your heart desires.
Asha is a Cincinnati based artist born in Cleveland Ohio. Her preferred medium is acrylic or oil paint on canvas. Although she does many realistic pieces, she prefers to paint surrealist imagery. She is inspired by the work of Salvador Dali and Frida Kahlo in the way that they use dream like symbols to tell stories of their lives and the world around them. Asha tells her own story of growth and personal exploration in all of her abstract work. Asha is a self-taught artist who paints using combinations of often digitally manipulated realistic and surrealistic imagery with the intention of connecting people through shared experience rather than demographic commonalities.
She is the owner of Asha the Artist LLC www.ashatheartist.com