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Shalese Makeda Jordan

About Shalese Makeda Jordan

Shalese Makeda Jordan is seventeen years old and in eleventh grade at Appleby College in Oakville, Ontario. She has aspirations of becoming a physician.

We Are Not Made For You

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We Are Not Made For You by Shalese Makeda Jordan

This piece was created for an exhibition in February, 2016. It is a visual representation of the idea that we are so much more than what we are given credit for and that words can only define us if we let them.

Art is my way of expressing my creativity. I feel it speaks louder than words. It is my belief that we, as a people, all have value; we can pull from the strength of our ancestors as we continue on life’s journey. When I sit down with charcoal in my hand, I never know what the end result will be.

I proudly embrace my heritage and am a descendant of generations of creative individuals. My grandfather has been making one-of-a-kind, heritage wooden walking canes, expertly hand-carved, for over 60 years. My brother Terrence uses his profession as a videographer to express his energetic, passionate, creative flow. My mother has roots in the late Africville community here in Nova Scotia. She has made numerous pieces of Afrocentric clothing which we wore with pride during cultural celebrations when I was younger.

I am doing what comes so naturally to me. Please enjoy my progression as I continue to grow.

Shalese Makeda Jordan