Karin Merx, 2019, Portrait Audre Lorde, Oil on Canvas, 40 x 60 cm

Her Story Told: Audre Lorde was a leading African-American poet and essayist, a black lesbian, mother, and advocate for civil rights, confronting and addressing racism, sexism, classism, and homophobia. A few of her books are: The First Cities, Cables to Rage, Between Our Selves, and The Cancer Journals. Lorde is a role model for those who have a difficulty staying true to who they really are, and a must read for non-coloured people to get an understanding and awareness of the daily struggle people of colour and LGBTQI+ women in particular have to deal with.

This portrait is part of a series I paint of powerful LGBTQi+ women of colour, with their stories told in a beautiful book that includes pictures of the paintings. This book is meant for education, education for as well people of colour so they can see role models who took their struggle and did something amazing with it, and non-coloured people to learn about the amazing women and learn through their stories that equality is a necessity. As long as there is still racism and a non acceptance of LGBTQi+, education and campaigning remains extremely important.