An OWN IT! curated playlist released on the first Friday of every month.
Inspired by Kirsty Latoya’s art and poetry book: Reflections of Me. From Lauryn Hill to Little Simz, Chaka Khan to Nas, each song on this playlist reflects the themes of the book, made up of sections on mental health, identity, womanhood, masculinity and love.
REFLECTIONS OF ME – BY KIRSTY LATOYA
Whilst studying in New York, Latoya took the opportunity to take art classes and learn to paint. Using this as a foundation, in December 2014 Latoya taught herself digital art using an iPad and stylus by experimenting with different apps and programs. Not long after, she ditched the stylus, preferring the freedom of drawing on the iPad with her finger which is how Kirsty now creates all her art pieces.
Latoya’s passion to explore mental health through her art comes from her own battles with mental health – having first suffered with depression at the age of 13 – and a desire to help others who suffer with mental health feel less alone and more connected through art.
Latoya has also been very outspoken for the need to de-stigmatise mental health especially amongst Black and Asian communities who are statistically less likely to ask for help when suffering from mental health problems.