Stephanie Davidson’s illustrations are a breath of fresh air in the sea of Instagram art. Born in Hong Kong, grown in Tokyo/Honolulu and now living in Brooklyn, NYC, she draws her inspiration from her multicultural background, adding a feminist edge to her work.
“Feminism definitely plays a strong role in my work and everything I do,” she told Les Femmes Folles. “While I’m not creating ‘political art’ per say, the fact that I myself am a mixed race female illustrator informs much of my work.”
With a BFA in Illustration, Davidson is currently working as a designer at Cash App. “I have always been a maker and a drawer so it was an easy decision to seek out an art school when I was given the option,” she recalled. “I have a strong memory of my mother’s sister asking me when I was 5 or 6, ‘What do you want to be when you grow up?’ I told her, ‘An artist.’ She snorted and said (to my mother), ‘Ah! A career that makes no money.’ Money or no, I’m an artist. Bite me, Aunt Grace.”
Check out her creations below.