Janell Langford is a graphic artist living in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She describes drawing as her childhood superpower, helping her create peace and stillness throughout her youth. Spending most of her life in white spaces, she illustrates the representation of Black Women that she was missing in her life and media she consumed.
Janell started Obsidiopolis while studying Graphic Design at Seattle Central Design Academy. The name comes from the word Obsidian, which is a protective stone that shields against negativity and also is a truth-enhancer. Through her work, she illustrates the importance of Black Women and Girls being encouraged to stand in their truth even when the world is not ready to listen.