Art of This World: Sara Golish’s MoonDust


Ontario artist Sara Golish recently released her series, MoonDust, an ode to Afrofuturism and natural hair. She recounts her process for the project:

“…However, these pieces are heavily based in Afrofuturism and various natural hair styles coloured girls rock. Inspired by music, 70s & 80s vinyl album covers, Sci-Fi, futuristic elements and retro flavours, by funky jewelry, the universe, magic and the unlimited possibilities of the imagination. I chose to fuse my rendered drawing technique with my more loose, stylized ink sketches. To create something that was unique to my personal flair while being more than a sketch in my notebook. Something that people could access.

The faces are all made up. There was no photo reference used for them. Something I have been meaning to overcome for a while now. It’s difficult to create a 3D form into a 2D plane using convincing shadows, but I’m happy with the results. Everything was created from my imagination with elements such as some of the hair and jewelry inspired by images I’ve come across, with nothing copied directly. The eyes were left ‘vacant’ to lend themselves to a more sculptural form and to add to the otherworldly, Sci-Fi appeal I was going for. But really, they just look cooler that way, no?”

These contain allusions to the African Diaspora all over the world and are inspired pieces; I can imagine a whole story hidden within each work and its title. Poetry time! Here are the rest of the 10 pieces:

“Messages from the Stars”
“Sugar Samba”
“Nights Over Egypt”
“Astral Jazz”
“Mercury Rising”
“Celestial Rhythms”
“Toffee Soul”
“Untitled” Don’t know the name of this one, but I want to call it “Cosmic’s Grace”

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