Shaylin: For my piece, Duality of Growth, I was inspired by my floral portrait series, Floral Beings Series (2020). When I started this piece, I wanted to show how Black women are strong, yet delicate at the same time. I started this piece off with one portrait, but then decided to create a copy of it and flipped it on the other end of the canvas to show that we all have two sides (well many sides) to our personality.
Some days, we may feel strong, fearless, and unstoppable, while other days we feel sad, vulnerable, delicate — in need of love. The flowers symbolize inner growth and beauty. The butterfly symbolizes change and that sense of liftoff or putting your best foot forward.