“ I choose to represent women’s  freedom and their rights to express themselves and do as they please… specifically the black woman. We need to be respected and be able to run wild, free and naked without fear of judgement or any harm . ” –  GHODESSimage

This edition of BLACK BLUSH brings the Ghodess experience to you, her works are magnificent and powerful; sit back,relax and enjoy.

TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF.
My name is Godlyn lyte but most people like to call me Ghodess. I was born in Guyana but I live in America now. I have four biological and three adopted siblings; I have loved drawing since I was a kid, it made my imagination real.image

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TELL US ABOUT YOUR SIGNATURE NAME “GHODESS’’?
I absolutely love designing clothes and I couldn’t come up with a name for my brand, my dance teacher suggested Godlyn House of Design (G.H.O.D) and people already called me god before now, so it stuck, and I’m a woman so the “ess” part was expected.image
WHY DO THEY CALL YOU god ?
A lot of people who do, say there is something different or god like about me, they always tell me this after we’ve met for the first time and I have never understood what they meant and i still don’t.

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THERE IS SO MUCH FEMINISM AND WOMEN SEXUALITY IN YOUR ART, DO YOU CONSIDER YOURSELF A FEMINIST?
I choose to represent women’s freedom and their right to express themselves and do as they please but I don’t consider myself a feminist because of the negative connotations associated with that word. I’m not trying to say that women are better than men, I’m trying to get people to see that women, specifically black women are wonderful and magical creatures. We need to be respected and be able to run wild, free and naked without fear of judgement or any kind of harm.

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ARE YOU A NUDIST?

Practically yes.

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APART FROM THE BLACK WOMAN, WHAT ELSE INSPIRES YOUR ART?
Nature. I’m a big lover of nature, i love the idea of love, magic and fairy tale.image

HAVE YOU HAD ANY FORMAL TRAINING OR ARE YOU SELF TAUGHT?
I’ve had no training, I took an art class while in military school to keep my sanity but i’m pretty much self taught.

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WHAT WAS YOUR EXPERIENCE LIKE IN MILITARY SCHOOL?
I was forced for one year; I was a cheerleader, a part of the rifle team and on honor roll but I was also depressed so it wasn’t a pleasant part of my life.

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IT’S ABSOLUTELY OKAY IF YOU DON’T WANT TO TALK ABOUT YOUR DEPRESSION, I UNDERSTAND.
It is okay, I’ve spoken about it many times and I’ve come to terms with that part of my life though honestly my art wouldn’t be what it is if I didn’t experience those five years of depression. It was because of my depression that I started painting/drawing again. I had no friends so I had no one to speak to and my art became my diary though my paintings didn’t match my emotions, I was able to release my pain, heartache and disappointment through every stroke. I am in a better place now and I have a strong will to make the world a better place; and not let anyone feel as lonely as i have felt.image

HAVE YOU LOVED DRAWING SINCE YOU WERE A KID OR WAS IT SOMETHING THAT CAME ALONG AS YOU GREW UP?
I have been drawing for as long as I can remember, it made my imagination become real although I started painting commercially around June 2014 because i was having a hard time finding a job.

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WHEN YOU STARTED PAINTING, DID YOU GET ADEQUATE SUPPORT FROM YOUR FAMILY?
Yes everyone was supportive, except my father, because he didn’t consider it a career although he draws and makes leather shoes, he didn’t have much success with it so he thinks I wouldn’t either; my mother on the other hand teaches art and does costume design.

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IS YOUR MUM YOUR BIGGEST FAN?
Yes, she definitely is. She gave me creative freedom and allowed me to find myself, she has always supported me and continues to do that even now.image

WHAT CHALLENGES DID YOU FACE WHEN YOU STARTED COMMERCIAL ARTS?
Perfection and self-criticism. I have always loved realism and I’ve spent most of my years trying to get my pieces to the point where other people can’t tell if it’s a painting or a photo but I got really bored with it because it had no mystery. It was too real for me hahahaha; to me realism doesn’t make the mind wonder past what we see every day, it doesn’t feed the imagination, so I had to let it go and allow myself grow with my artistry.

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WHAT TOOLS DO YOU USE IN MAKING YOUR WORK?
They range from color pencils, sketch pens, markers, charcoal pencils, acrylic paint, water color paint, and a whole lot of imagination.

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WHERE DO YOU SEE YOUR ART IN THE FUTURE?
Hopefully I’d be able to have a gallery dedicated to my arts as well as my own clothing line with printings of my arts on them.

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WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR OTHERS ABOUT USING THEIR TALENTS?
Honestly ever since I stopped wanting to take my life, I realized how precious it was and that we have only one chance to live it and not by anyone’s rules or decision. When our time comes, the people that tried to control every step of our lives won’t be the ones to step in and die for us. So why not live to your heart’s content? Why not wake up every day knowing that you are satisfied with your life because you are doing what makes you happy. You are allowed to be selfish with your happiness, so live first and be happy.

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