Our feelings are our most genuine paths to knowledge (Audre Lorde, 2017)


Institutional pricing : $180
Melanie Cervantes
16” x 20”
6-color screenprint, Archival paper, Printed in San Leandro, 2017
Edition of 60

In a 1982 interview with Claudia Tate the incomparable Audre Lorde articulated how Black women write from a space of the personal and emotional. This interview has been a powerful tool for reflection as I spend time envisioning my own future.

"...our real power comes from the personal; our real insights from living come from the deep knowledge within us that arises from our feelings. Our thoughts are shaped by our tutoring. As black people, we have not been tutored for our benefit, but more often than not for our detriment. We were tutored to function in a structure that already existed but that does not function for our good. Our feelings are our most genuine paths to knowledge. They are chaotic, sometimes painful, sometime contradictory, but they come from deep within us. And we must key into those feelings and begin to extrapolate from them, examine them for new ways of understanding our experiences. This is how new visions begin, how we begin to posit a new future nourished by the past. This is what I mean by matter following energy, and energy following feeling. Our visions begin with our desires."