“I have this fear living in my body about releasing work,” Solange said of a creative anxiety even after all her years in the spotlight. “I don’t know any artist that doesn’t feel that before they hit the send button.”
Her acclaimed 2016 album, A Seat At The Table, created a political conversation about black womanhood in our country, and was largely influenced by Solange's desire to change how black women see themselves. “I constantly called it my punk album because it was like, this is my time to shake things up and be loud,” Solange said.
This desire for expression is deeply ingrained in the Grammy winner, who first began experimenting with songwriting at 14 after injuring herself on tour with Destiny’s Child. Songwriting “came out of a need to express another facet that my body couldn’t,” Solange said.
Solange would eventually turn to another medium, art, as a way to bring “largely black audiences to typically white spaces,” theTimes wrote. Her work, ranging from performance to digital and sculptural art, has been showcased at museums including the Guggenheim in New York and the Tate Modern in London.
But at the root of all of her work, both artistically and musically, is the strong community of black women Solange grew up with.
“I grew up in a house with four black women,” she said. “My mother [Tina Knowles Lawson], my sister [Beyoncé], Kelly [Rowland] and Angie [Beyince, her cousin]. That’s just where I feel safest. It’s what feels like home. It’s what feels inspiring.”
Read Solange's full interview here.