Photos by Skye Lee (@skyelee99)

“I created a collection of wearable paper collage earrings featuring images of Afrofuturism, the power of joy, and the impact of historical trauma. With the Minnesota State Arts Board| Creative Support for Individuals FY 2021 grant, I have had the ability to partner with various artists to create a virtual gallery and a photography collection of mixed-race Black, Pan-African, Singaporean Eurasian, and Pan-Asian people wearing one-of-a-kind jewelry. In response to the isolating impact of COVID-19, most severely affecting the BIPOC community, I wanted to give my people, and the world, a personal experience to see their likeness through my eyes.

-Azania Tripp

Whimsical one-of-a-kind joy is the magical superpower you will receive by wearing Obsidian Pause Jewelry. Azania Tripp (she/her) is Black/ African American Singaporean Eurasian pansexual woman that is based in Minneapolis Minnesota. She has been creating collage mixed media jewelry and fine art for 6 years. Azania’s objective is to create narrative storytelling that centers on her community’s historical trauma and how afro-futurism and joy are the centers of healing.