Dez Array a.k.a. Dat Crafty Gal, Los Angeles (Inglewood to be exact), CA
I started going by “Dat Crafty Gal” two years ago, but I’ve been a crafty girl all my life. Whether it’s decorating, doing hair, doing nails, making music, writing or painting, I love creating and being able to express myself.
What was your first exposure to art?
I don’t really know my first exposure to art, but, I think seeing amazing young artists on Tumblr and Instagram really got me inspired to get serious and put my work out there.
What made you want to be explicit in your artwork? And what made you want to represent queer women / femmes of color, too?
I love the art of sex. Especially, black skin on black skin. Especially, woman on woman. I have an amazing boyfriend, but my cravings for women show through my art, I guess. LOL
It is very important to me to represent who I am and express my love for who I am. There is so much hate in this world for women, black people and queer people. I’m all three. I honestly don’t know anything more beautiful than WOC loving themselves and loving each other.
What is your creative process like?
I smoke some weed and do what I feel.
When it comes to Instagram, how has the platform played a role in how you express yourself as an artist?
I actually use to never be on Instagram because I hated taking pictures of myself. LOL But then I just started putting myself out there with my art and music and iPhone photography. And I realized posting selfies was not the only way to gain a following and start connecting with people. It has its horrors, but I’ve met so many amazing people from Instagram.
What inspires you?
Black people inspire me.
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What do you like to do for fun?
I love to travel, dance, smoke weed and eat food that’s bad for me. LOL
Where do you see yourself going in the future?
I don’t know what the future has in store for me, but I hope it’s legendary.