Interviews

Black Beyond

Alchemizing Black Femme Futures: jazsalyn & Shameekia Shantel Johnson of Black Beyond “What does it feel like to be submerged into affirmations of your existence? And what does it feel like to share that with others and have it echoed and amplified?,” pondered jazsalyn, creative director of Black Beyond, a radical space for artists to…

Christina Nicola

AfroRomantic//AfroErotic: Christina Nicola Christina Nicola’s paintings are a direct reflection of herself — a liberated, queer, Black femme. With the erotic and intimacy front and center on her canvases, whether they’re miniature or large, Christina’s work offers a lens into this moment in her life — a moment intentionally focused on reclamation & personal exploration.…

Audrey Lyall

From Fabric To Canvas and Back Again: Audrey Lyall Like her work, Audrey Lyall can be best described as a maximalist. Whether through painting, design, or installations, Lyall expands our view with an assemblage of textures, colors, and shapes. Before getting her start in Pratt Institute’s Fashion Design and Critical and Visual Studies programs, Lyall’s reality as a mixed-race…

Stephanie Santana

Tactile Histories: Stephanie Santana Stephanie Santana (she/her) explores identity, cultural preservation, and interiority through printmaking, embroidery and quilting. Using her personal, archival images as a foundation, Santana’s practice to preserves history — family history, Black history, and the histories of the artists she admires. She was introduced to printmaking a decade ago and has since…

Dodi King

Fantastical Confusion: Dodi King Heavily inspired by the occult and their spiritual imagination, Dodi King (they/she) creates on canvas realms constructed by their subconscious. I encountered King’s paintings with the kind of bewilderment we experience while piecing together a dream after waking up. King amuses our imaginations with ambiguous figures nestled in treetops, embracing on…

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