"There is no better than adversity. Every defeat, every heartbreak, every loss, contains its own seed, its own lesson on how to improve your performance the next time."
- Malcolm X
I am Cierra Smith and I am a storyteller.
All of my experiences as a young, black woman from Spanish Harlem have influenced my work and my aspirations to tell the stories of those often left untold. My diverse experience from unique opportunities abroad, launching the SE Cupp Unfiltered show at the world's most watched news network, CNN and being hands on in communities like that of Spanish Harlem have significantly influenced the way I view the world and how I created my solution oriented approach to my work. Using visuals as my primary form of expression, I focus on creating work that explores the relationships between identity and space, typically using complex characters as the driving force and their experiences of trial and tribulation as the inspiration.