Artist Portrait by Rambo Elliot
We have admired Christina Moreland’s (@morelaaand) artwork for years. The combination of playful imagery paired with a deep themes of racial justice and identity are simply captivating. It’s clear, and as you’ll learn in the following interview, that all of their art comes from a very honest and personal place — their own lived experience.
For our collaborative collection, we came together with this idea of creating a HUMAN KINDNESS SOCIETY — a group of people coordinating, plotting, and strategizing to be kind to one another and bring more kindness to the world. Because we all know… we could use it.
Where are you from and where are you based now?
I grew up in southern Germany and later Dallas, Texas. I’m currently hangin’ out in sunny Los Angeles.
Did you always want to be an artist?
When I was much younger, I probably thought for a moment that I’d eventually work with animals. But even as a kid I spent a lot of my time drawing and doodling. Art has been one of the few things to remain as a constant presence in my life, so I think it kind of became inevitable.
Much of your art carries with it a message of human dignity & a desire for justice. Why are these themes important to you?
Not only do I think these things are important because they simply just are but I also think because I am a mixed Black queer person, I inherently experience the world and “justice” slightly differently. And I try to make art about the world around me and the world I experience within me.
Can you tell the good people reading this about “Afro Gurl”? Who is she and where did she come from?
Afro Gurl is a cartoon character (aka my alter ego) and an animated comic series about a sensitive Black queer hero. Afro Gurl lives in future semi-dystopian America, fighting against systemic violence and protecting folks from injustices. This character and story is meant to represent parts of myself I want to celebrate more. I fell in love with cartoons and illustration and 2D animations when I was little, but I didn’t grow up with a lot of Black cartoons. Most cartoons weren’t Black or featured a lot of brown or Black or gay people. Afro Gurl is also meant to change that a little.
If there one was one artistic expression / medium you want to get better at, what is it?
Playing guitar and piano or making music.
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