Wokeface

After spending 12 years as a freelance graphic designer, Wokeface began making art for herself and displaying it on the streets of Portland. Her paintings are beacons of joy in these dark times with her remarkably simple symbol of a serene looking smiley face with a wide open third eye. "I closed the mouth and the eyes," she says, "because to me wokeness is tapping into the senses that are beyond your five physical senses, like opening up your intuition, your feelings, and your empathy."

Wokeface OG Sticker  , screenprinted vinyl

Wokeface OG Sticker, screenprinted vinyl

Most of her work consists of stickers, wheatpastes, painted wood pieces, and murals. Last year she completed a mural for The Belmont Market, our neighborhood corner store, that makes my family and I smile every time we see it. Indeed, her work is accessible and populist in ways that normalize 'wokeness' for wide swaths of Portland.

Chill Vibes (installation shot)  , Upper Playground, Portland, 2018

Chill Vibes (installation shot), Upper Playground, Portland, 2018

Wokeface's 2018 solo show 'Chill Vibes' at Upper Playground consisted of her signature painted wood pieces with a thick gloss coat of epoxy resin. She combines the visual vernacular of millennials with a glossy pop aesthetic to make highly affordable, imminently legible objects of joy. There’s woke Bart Simpson, woke avocado, woke pot leaves, hearts, kitties, sunshine, and sunshades. And almost everything under $100. Truly, art for the people.

From   Pianopushplay  , 2018

From Pianopushplay, 2018

Last year Wokeface participated in Pianopushplay wherein she painted a piano to be installed and played in a public space. Her contribution is all rainbows, sunshine, and hearts on a background of clouds. The sense of levity lended by the scenery helps make the piano more inviting for anyone, especially youngsters to play. The bench itself is a large third eye, nodding to the spiritual experience of music.

Be Nice To You Sticker  , die-cut vinyl sticker

Be Nice To You Sticker, die-cut vinyl sticker

Wokeface Love You Can Glass  &  Diner Mug

Wokeface Love You Can Glass & Diner Mug

Wokeface maintains a popular online store stocked with stickers, beanies, shirts and other affordable Wokeface branded goods. Artists' relationship to branded merchandising is fraught at best, and Wokeface is no exception, but ultimately the benefits outweigh the rest for her. "I have a lot of ethical and personal issues with capitalism and participating in it but at the same time my passion is to promote self-love and positivity.”

Keep Growing Flower Sticker  , die-cut matte vinyl sticker

Keep Growing Flower Sticker, die-cut matte vinyl sticker

Wokeface has a solo show opening April 5th at Nightingale Apothecary, will be showing at The Goodfoot and Tin Shed for June 2019, and will be selling work at Crafty Wonderland Market on May 4th. Follow along on Instagram! @wokeface