lita b. (they/she) is a self-taught multimedia artist currently residing in Ontario’s Durham Region. lita is a self-ascribed Mad/disabled Black queer spoonie. lita uses art as a means of catharsis for themselves and others with a focus on other Black queer Mad/disabled femmes as a way to find relationship through experiences where they do not see themselves represented.
lita’s paintings are a conversation about how one’s experiences of trauma are played out on both the body and mind, and about our relationship to both. Memory is imprinted on each of us; the way these memories and experiences move through us is something that the artist is currently fascinated with. Lifelong experiences with trauma have resulted in body memories being expressed through specific “body issues.” Art has therefore become an important way in which lita tries to reconcile with their chronic illness/chronic pain and Madness. These paintings are particularly impactful when thinking of the way Black femmes experience their bodies and minds. Already marginalized in the context of race and the various ways they express their gender, Black femmes are neglected in discussions of disability and Madness. Seeing themself represented in the art they consume has always been a specific wish of lita’s and so with this body of work they hope to connect back to themselves and all other Black femmes who identify with the themes discussed in these pieces specifically.
While the original paintings are not for sale, prints are available for purchase. Please contact the artist at firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire.