You Deserve Ease and Joy by Jazmine Hayes

  • Jazmine Hayes, You Deserve Ease and Joy, 2022
  • Jazmine Hayes, You Deserve Ease and Joy, 2022
  • Jazmine Hayes, You Deserve Ease and Joy, 2022


You Deserve Ease and Joy shows people of African and Latinx descent in everyday modes of self care through pattern, indigenous symbolism, and healing activities. The background of the design is a blueprint aerial map of the Brownsville Houses. In the foreground, the artwork represents children, the elderly, young adults, and families. Historically, Brownsville has been labeled one of the most dangerous neighborhoods in NYC. Hayes titled the work, You Deserve Ease and Joy, as an affirmation to uplift the community, “no matter where you come from, what you’ve been through, or how you are perceived, you deserve ease and joy.”

Photo credits for artwork by Jazmine Hayes: Paul Katcher


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