ARTISTS


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ERICA CHRISTMAS (NEW ORLEANS)

Erica Christmas is a multidisciplinary artist based out of New Orleans, Louisiana. Her work weaves photography, textile design and writing together to create a narrative. Themes in my work include trauma, intimacy, classism and Blackness. I also center sustainability through my use of up-cycled materials.


NAILAH GRIFFIN (NEW ORLEANS)

Nailah Griffin is a socio-emotional engagement artist and land steward born in New Orleans but bred by Brooklyn. She is a Multi-Disciplinary artist, whose education came from years of weekly classes at the Brooklyn Museum, after-school programs and being a part of the underground art and poetry community of New York. Her first official exhibit was as a feature of the Lucky Art Fair in New Orleans; where her “Who Holds the Strong” a single mom sanctuary, was an immersive space tackling how single mothers deal with mental health and their artistry. She is inspired by the beautiful nuances of life and all the mess in between. Her work flourishes in creating safe spaces through the mediums of collage, chromotherapy, items of nostalgia and spirituality.

“Paying Tithes in Blood” is an expression of the link between spirit, religion and commerce. The black church has always been a place of refuge & support but some of it’s cultural ignorance comes from denouncing the ancestral indigenous practices, while fully mimicking them. Although we continue to pay tithes, we have long been giving our blood & bodies to a religion that was used to strip our true connection to spirit.


LUCÍA AQUINO (NEW ORLEANS)

Lucía Aquino is a New Orleans based sculptor and painter. In both her paintings and sculptures she builds abstractly while using familiar symbols and industrial references.


BIANCA WALKER (NEW ORLEANS)

Bianca Walker is a 23-year-old, nonbinary, painter from the Bay Area, California. They were raised surrounded by vibrant street art until gentrification began to ravage the place they once called home, leaving colored walls bare. At 17, Walker migrated to Louisiana and began their studies at Grambling State University, a rural HBCU, where they were first exposed to the world of fine art. During undergrad they developed their skills as a painter and represented the university in numerous academic summits and community art events such as mural painting and art therapy. As their education continued, they quickly grew tired of traditional art methods and began to use a drip painting technique that reflects their street art roots. Now developing an MFA thesis at the University of New Orleans Walker uses these drips as an integral part of their visual language while incorporating archival imagery of the African Diaspora activating a history  they can see being erased.


SLY WATTS (NEW ORLEANS)

Sly Watts is a self-taught multimedia artist, born and raised in New Orleans, LA. After adopting an interest in rap and performance during his childhood, Sly began recording and producing music in Ableton Live. As a freelancer, Sly has designed artwork for clients such as Ace Hotel New Orleans, TaskForce, and March for Our Lives. He has also had work published in various zines and is currently exhibiting artwork in Kristina K. Robinson’s The Matrix of Creativity: Where the River Meets the Sea, the most recent edition of Welcome to the Afrofuture at the New Orleans African American Museum. In his personal creative practice, Sly develops music, large-scale illustrations, paintings, and animations that depict the rhythm and motion of people and places.


GINSSIYO APARA (PHILADELPHIA)

Ginssiyo Apara is an artist and theorist working with various media, ranging from sound, sculpture, painting, poetry, and writing. A common theme that runs throughout his work centers around manipulating found plastic materials, synthesizing them with classic fine art materials.

Recently, he has begun exploring the use of “playful” materials such as puffy paint, sequins, vintage stickers of nostalgic cartoon imagery, repurposing and arranging discarded items. He is interested in deconstructing the definitions and distinctions made between “art” and “trash”.

In deconstructing these two categories his work aims to construct an allegory that reveals the trials and tribulations of the black community in America. Example: the analogy of the simultaneous “trash”-like treatment of the black demographic, yet overconsumption of the culture. Through this, he conceptualizes this notion of a “recycling” of black culture and existence.

The recent ban of plastic bags is the ban on the black existence, yet in reality blackness will exist long after. Blackness is the creation that can’t be recycled, that never decomposes.          


TAYLOR BALKISSOON (NEW ORLEANS)
Taylor Balkissoon is an organizer and artist/curator born in Toronto, raised in Colorado, and currently based in New Orleans. Their praxis is based in black feminist creative thought and a conviction that the arts are vital to collective healing. They are the founder of Uptown Laundry.


GRETA BONEY (FAYETTEVILLE)

My name is Great Lucy Boney from Fayetteville, NC. My work is intended to represent those who have been: killed, raped, beat & discriminated against. My work is filled with black history, queer history and speaks as an advocated for queer, trans & non-binary representation in the art world. I’ll settle at nothing to bring these images to life. If you purchase my work, you yourself, have also become frustrated and disassociated with the normality that is racism, transphobia, sexism & homophobic in society.


COURTNEY LEWIS AND JAHREA BROWN (ATLANTA)

we are courtney + jahrea

based e v e r y w h e re

we are movement practitioners

things we believe in ::

spiritual awareness/practice/connection

nature

mind/body/spirit doodling

moving through and from a space free of judgement

together we are researching and curious about intimacy, authenticity, and unconditional love through collaboration.

what does that look like?

what does that feel like?

LORENZO LAWRENCE (NEW ORLEANS)


LIO BUMBAKINI (DENVER)

Lio-bravo Bumbakini is a self-taught artist of Congolese descent, who boldly envisions the modern western experience in swaths of folkloric imagery inspired by his African descent, Euro-centric upbringing, and the two decades he’s now spent across United States. Lio was raised in Matongé, a vibrant African neighborhood in Brussels, and later moved to the Southside of Chicago, followed by Denver. His mother, Niangi Batulukisi is an art curator and anthropologist, and his father was a philosopher and political organizer. His works range between paintings, drawings, mixed-media; to digital and performative art installations.

I believe ART provides a window into the ethereal, the space between the societal, the physical, and the immaterial.

It is the door to both past human experiences and their future manifestations.


TRÉCHA GAY JHENEALL (NEW ORLEANS)

Trécha Gay Jheneall (b. 1988) is a fluid Jamaican visual and performance artist currently living in New Orleans, LA. Their work engages mediums of screen printing, installation, performance and video.

Through consolidating personal and collective memories and antecedents of Afro-Caribbean origin, Trécha’s work serves as a conduit for communal movement away from archipelagic plantation realities and toward a future liberatory consciousness.

Trécha studied Interdisciplinary Studio Art at Marylhurst University in Oregon and is currently pursuing their graduate degree in Studio Arts at the University of New Orleans in Louisiana.