Artist Profile: Wriply Marie Bennet
Wriply Marie Bennet is a multi-disciplinary artist, born and raised in Ohio, and now based in Chicago. Her practice includes illustration, acting, singing and writing. Bennet’s art and organizing work began with the Trans Women of Color Collective and expanded through her involvement as a Freedom Rider fighting for justice for Mike Brown. Her illustrations highlight critical nuances of Black trans life, while drawing on concepts of Afro-Futurism and West-African diasporic religious iconography. Much of Wriply’s work affirms the power, perseverance and beauty of Trans women, femmes, gender non-conforming and queer folks. Her illustrations call attention to the epidemic of violence that Black trans women experience, both in the U.S. and globally. Bennet has worked as the resident artist with TransLash Media and developed THORN, a group that provides self-defense tools for Trans people of color. She has an upcoming show this March with Justice Fleet and was recently featured in the Transfuturism show at the Pulitzer Arts Foundation, both in St. Louis.