"I believe that everyone should feel safe to talk about their mental state, mental illnesses, and general emotions without being stigmatized."
A non-profit organization that helps with mental health needs of the diverse Black communities in Canada through low-cost therapy and work to improve outcomes of experiencing trauma from racism and other forms of mental illness.
A volunteer-run initiative that exists to provide low-income Black folks in the Tio'tia:ke / Montreal area with discretionary funding and resources that contribute to mental health and wellness. The funds ensure more and more Black folks in Tio'tia:ke/Montreal have the opportunity to prioritize their mental health and find the resources they need to go on this life journey.
Q: What are current themes and causes you are focused on in your upcoming work?
A: "Some recurring themes you can find in my artwork are body positivity, anti-racism, feminism, self-love, self-care, and emotional vulnerability."
Q: What is the significance behind the name Teenadult, how does it help portray your artistry?
A: "I chose the artist's name Teenadult because it makes me laugh but also, I feel like it’s a great word to depict teenage angst, but also, the mix of anxiety of becoming an adult, and the raw emotions you can feel and also the negativity."
Q: Why is mental health important to you?
A: Mental health is important to me because, well firstly, I believe that it can never be talked about enough, it’s still taboo sadly, and secondly, I believe that everyone should feel safe to talk about their mental state, mental illnesses, and general emotions without being stigmatized.
What does self-care mean to you? How do you practice it?
A: "To me self-care is anything that makes you feel good. So, things that make you happy, things that help you heal, things that aim for your self-growth; that’s self-care to me."
Q: Has your art helped you in acting as an outlet? What is the goal behind your art?
A: "Even if I'm a professional artist and I create for others by doing commissions and such, art has always been an outlet to me. It helps me deal with my emotions because it’s basically just letting them out on paper, a canvas or in words even. So, it is definitely healing and therapeutic for me to create."
Q: Your art is known to be vibrant and happy, however, you speak out about prominent issues like feminism, sexuality, and racism. How did you find that balance between your art and your message?
A: I think the balance established itself with my work because I create with my emotions, what I feel, and with my values. So, when I feel a certain way or when I want to talk about a situation like racism or feminism, I'm just going to express it on paper. But also, if I want to draw an angry cloud, I will. I think it’s just about listening to my emotions but also being aware that I'm putting a message out there and it’s a message that is important to me, but also one that I believe others should see as well.
I also think that being a black queer woman imposes some sort of balance in my work for self-protection because I talk about feminism, anti-racism, and sexuality. There is so much violence when it comes to these aspects, these fears of my own person and the world, right? So, I think to preserve my mental health it’s important that I don’t always talk about these things.