In retrospect, I think this diary entry captures a very unique stage of teenage girlhood. In childhood I made ‘memory books’, in late adolescence I kept diaries. For a few years at the beginning of high school, it was a mix of the two. The contrast between the drawings, glitter, candy wrappers and the contraceptive pill pack is representative of this awkward in-between stage. It is at once childlike and too grown up. Adolescent fears about what people think are often dismissed as immature, but sometimes we all need a reminder that everybody doesn’t hate us.
This series goes out to the sisters who cry and laugh together.
I reached for my hidden journal and wrote a note to my future self to live. To actually live her life and remember me, her younger self, that is desperately waiting to live a life I am in control of.
Throughout history, we see women being robbed of their choices to express themselves in the way they want to.
Sorjo chatted with Taylor McCabe, 19 year old covert Muslim American artist, about her powerful paintings.