Born to a churchgoing family in Shreveport, Louisiana, director/artist Child has lived her entire life surrounded by music, art and spirituality. Says Child, “my mother used to color and listen to gospel music while I was in her womb.” Clearly, art is in her blood.
After starting her career as a photographer and creative director, Child went on to direct music videos for much-hyped artists Big Sean, Janelle Monáe, Issa Rae, and Lucky Daye, among others. She quickly made a name for herself with her bold, stylized aesthetic, her lush use of light and color, and a storytelling sensibility steeped in the dreamy gothic lyricism of the African American South.
Honoring her roots while continuing to grow wildly beyond them, Child draws inspiration from sources as varied as Spike Lee, Jean Michel Basquiat, Malik Sayeed and the Bible. She uses a dreamlike visual vernacular to uncover the depths of the black experience, weaving surreal symbolism, richly textured art direction, and surprising narrative flourishes into something that feels both otherworldly and searingly truthful. Though she’s been called a rising star of the film world, Child sees things differently. Says Child, “I plan to impact the art world like nothing they’ve ever seen before. I see myself going beyond the stars.
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