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“Cry me a river (please)” 2024, oil paint on canvas, 36 x 36 inches


For this piece, Chimemelie wanted to portray vulnerability in womanhood due to societal pressures and personal challenges. As someone who grew up crying over cramps, stress, and other female-related problems, she was often told to toughen up. This piece celebrates female emotions and reminds them that their emotions are valid no matter how they feel, whether good or bad.



Chimemelie is a multidisciplinary artist currently studying art at OCADU in the Drawing and Painting program. She enjoys working with a variety of mediums but a majority of her pieces are acrylic and oil paintings. A theme in most of her works is identity. She explores this theme by not only focusing on herself as a black girl but also as someone who struggles with anxiety. She expresses herself through her art and reveals her current sense of self through her paintings, drawings and sculptures. The purpose of her works is to shed light on her life, leaving room to encourage and educate the viewers as they examine themselves through her works. 



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