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The Best Medicine

Paris Cunningham

The Best Medicine

"The Best Medicine" is a depiction of me and my mother in April 2020. We hadn’t seen each other since February and we made a plan to go to the grocery store together to hunt down toilet paper. I remember this day being our first elbow bump. This gesture meant so much to me because although we couldn’t hug, I was so grateful to see my mom and that we could find a way to show that we care for one another.

I truly believe human connection and compassion are one of the many things that matter most. This past year has taught me that we truly need each other to survive and the smallest things, like an elbow bump from a loved one in lieu of a hug, can help lift your spirits and heal just like medicine can.

The Best Medicine artwork by Paris Cunningham Paris Cunningham

Paris Cunningham

Wichita, KS

Paris is a visual artist and musician from Wichita, KS and is the Curator of Collections at The Kansas African American Museum. Paris began to develop her artistic style while attending Wichita East High School in the IB program. She enjoys using mixed media, graphite sketches, and digital drawings to give life to her ideas.

Inspiration for many of Paris' pieces come from her personal identity development as a young black woman and reflection on her own lived experiences and culture.