Dominique “Indigleaux” Cunningham
Dominique “Indigleaux” Cunningham is a multidisciplinary artist, storyteller, and activist originally from Jersey City, New Jersey. With a take on surrealist ideals and a perspective of her reality, Indigleaux’s art is deeply influenced by socio-political topics she encounters daily as being Black and a woman in America. Utilizing her upbringing and Jamaican, Afro-Cuban, and Arawak ancestry as a compass, Indigleaux’s artistic approach is one of vulnerability, sincerity and subversion.
“I create art with the intention to critique society through a lens that often occupies the role of being controversial and unpopular in opinion.” she explains, “most of my pieces begin with an existential question centered around why things are the way they are.”
Despite her own presumed unpopular opinions, Indigleaux’s art has garnered praise from the likes of Jersey City’s Mural Arts Program JCMAP – (where she completed her first mural), has participated in exhibitions at acclaimed institutions like St. Edwards University and Big Medium gallery.
Indigleaux strives to inspire her contemporaries to own their imagination, and to never be afraid to explore their curiosity and their opinion.
What does "Chingonx" mean to you?
I envision a Latinx individual who is liberated in their being and individuality beyond the status quo and societal preconditions like gender, social constructs; and certain cultural boundaries that can impose limitations. In a world where classification and categorization is prominent this person is the antithesis, the rebel, the bad ass. Radical self expression, unapologetically and uninhibited, that’s what Chingonx means to me.
What does intersectional feminism mean to you?
It provides me with the depth and support to speak about my experiences without feeling like they are disparaged or shrunken and it provides my counterparts, loved ones and community of diverse identities, with the support, space, and understanding to do so as well. It’s all encompassing and inclusive.
How does activism show up in your work?
I create with the intent to address systemic and socio-political issues beyond what is deemed politically correct and objective. It’s personal; collectively personal. The themes are feelings felt and experiences endured by myself and many others who feel misrepresented, disenfranchised, and marginalized. I strive to use my art to provide the representation and voice of those who utterly feel silenced.