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I dream in color 

its a metaphor how my voice is fire  

spiting beauty and the ugly truth

I'm mic, poet, and storyteller

everything that moves me to write

I paint 

I mix

I sculpt

I build

I create the life

I want to see in the world 


Mixed media and Spoken word artist

About the Artist
ShAy Black ​is​ ​a​ ​poet, writer, visual artist​​ and 30 year U.S Army veteran from Greenville, SC.  ShAy​ ​attended​ ​Converse College where she received a BFA in ceramics & sculpting. She’s the owner and artist of ShAy Black Expressions, LLC were she uses her passion for writing and visual arts as a mean to inspire others to become their own life’s  inspiration; like herself, who manages lost, depression, and anxiety. Her craft is the inner voice she no longer silence. She’s the creator of loud words and black art. It’s her stance to create beauty out of life’s imperfections, influence emotions and perceptions to bring people together physically through art and heal culture differences one heArt at a time. She’s a three time team member of Say What slam team, Greenville, SC and competed with Team Injustice, Spartanburg, SC in 2017. She is the artist of creativity: the believer of undying love. You may find her on all forms of social media as @iamshayblack, @shayblackexpressions, and @masterpieceswithatwist.


Artist Statement

My work explores black people and the beauty we bring to the world. I have been interested in black art since my journey as an artist in 2004. After all, I am a black woman, the visions and voices that represent the many black men and women of color in a world that doesn’t share the spectrum of equity or equality across the board.

My paintings are very specific to what’s going in the world, (i.e., names, faces, and movements such as Trayvon Martin, Breonna Taylor, Sandra Bland and etc.) When I create, I’m not interested in just producing a pretty picture; I want to create honest dialogue and emotions. My use of color for the backgrounds are usually dark to create a dramatic scene to very light pastel colors to represent goodness, innocence, and unity. I like to use large and small marks, visible and blended brush strokes that lead the audience back the subject eyes. The vulnerability in my paintings are always in the eyes. They speak volume and create uncomfortable emotions. My process revolves around my own emotions in the fear of losing another black son in a sometimes an unsympathetic world toward people of color.

My work has a common theme: black, strength, and hope. In my process, I use a lot of mixed media from wall sparkle, dirt, paper, metal, pastels, and found objects it represents my childhood, "making a way out of no way." Ideas are thought out through sketches, but the outcome of the piece is unknown. I paint using a blend technique between abstract and recognizable portraits. I love painting the human form; especially black people, it moves individuals to social action, an overall thrilling messages and images that speak to and about my people's stories creatively. 

My flow is very upfront and intentional. I choose to make black art because if not me then who? I am a visual artist and poet which represents what I stand for justice for all