PASTEL

We've been fortunate to see black men represented in a completely new light over the years, where the softer sides of our identity are being showcased in full. That being said, a lot of the projects I’ve seen about masculinity lean too far into that and don’t consider that masculinity and femininity are part of a spectrum. With Pastel, I wanted to hone in on the fact that the box black men are often put into is unnatural to begin with. I decided to create these subtly surreal worlds to showcase just how unnatural the box the world tries to put us in is.