Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, Nimah Gobir creates art that explores her identity as a black woman. Through paintings and installations, her work teases out both the nuances and shared experiences of being black. Her work draws on text and photo references collected from family and personal archives.

In this episode, we talk about how she balances her art practice with her academic career and how the two inform one another, the process of coming into ther own space artistically/stylistically, how her identity as a black woman informs her art, the importance of instilling a sense of identity in children at an early age, and more. Listen above or on iTunes or Spotify.

Show notes

In this episode, we talk about:

  • identifying as an artist
  • the impact of having studio space for the first time
  • how the nature of her identity informs her art
  • the process of coming into her own space
  • the impact journaling has had on her art practice
  • the challenges of working abroad as a black woman
  • her need to balance art with other intellectual interests like political science and teaching
  • her experience at Harvard and the dichotomy of being a “broke artist” with a graduate degree from Harvard
  • the need to piece work together as an artist in the bay area
  • how her passion for working with children of color drives her to move forward in an industry that promises to not pay fairly
  • the importance of distilling a sense of identity in children early on
  • how she balances and makes time for teaching and creating art
  • how she thinks about her internal need to nurture as it relates to her career

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