Overcoming Doubt with Mickalene Thomas

Three women sitting together on blankets. They are all looking directly at the camera. The woman at the right holds a flower in an outstretched hand.
Mickalene Thomas; Le déjeuner sur l’herbe: Les Trois Femmes Noires, 2010, Carnegie Museum of Art

We all have some flaws. But when I have a moment of doubt, I find inspiration from being in the moment, by letting go. I don't hold onto what I can't control. Doubt is a fleeting emotion that can destroy you if you allow it to consume your mind and spirit. Each person's time comes at variant phases, and the best you can do is enjoy what you're doing and work hard. It can't always be about you. Life is transformation—the wind blows, climate changes, birds chirp, and trees burn. Where you are today is not where you will be tomorrow. The only person you can be is you.

Mickalene Thomas

This week, we’re inspired by the words of Mickalene Thomas on overcoming doubt. Thomas’s work draws upon images from popular culture and art history and explores subjects such as femininity, power, and beauty.