Jennella Young is an artist and educator based in Brooklyn, specializing in painting, photography, mixed media, and book art. She is deeply committed to educational equity and embedding arts, cultural, and community knowledge into the everyday experiences of the young people she works with. As a full time administrator at an education non-profit, she likes to create art in found moments with supplies she can carry around in her purse (it’s a pretty big purse).
The main subject of Young’s current work is portraiture – primarily of Black and Brown women from archival photos. Painting images of women found throughout time allows her to create a meditative space and portal to bring these women’s forgotten or dismissed stories back into our plane of existence. Young’s art-making process consists of watercolor, acrylic, ink, pastel, bookmaking, and journaling.