Artist Statement and Contact

Artist Statement

My work is inspired by the psychological aspects and factors that drive and liberate black consciousness and articulate their depth. Academic essays and poetry such as Blue Clerk by Dionne Brand and Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde largely inspire my work. I focus on capturing the ambiguities of life, furthering the representational ideals of diversity and moving into unresolved and imaginative aspects of blackness. Traditionally black representation in history was used to disenfranchise and justify oppression through visual propaganda and stereotype through the use of mammies, Aunt Jemima, and more. Through my work I refuse the societal standard of black value as cultural capital to be exploited and create narratives of our own empowerment and nuance. Using various substrates and materials from my own home and community I create multilayered portraits moving from the representational into the speculative and abstract.

 

amirahbstudio@gmail.com