I am happy to announce that I have been selected by @blackbritishvisualartists to show my work amongst 17 other amazing Black British artists within the “Here and Now” exhibition in 2019.
“Breathe. Love Here Now,” is a call to Black women and Women of Colour to be still, to breathe, to ground themselves and to tell themselves the truth.
My personal need for a practical sustainable self-care practice, inspired reflections on: the impact of stereotypes (such as The Jezebel, Mammy, The Sapphire) on the mental health of Black Women and the time and space set aside self-care whilst facing the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual repercussions of systemic and internalised racism.
Within the exhibition installation Black Women and Women of Colour were invited to check in and reflect on how they were feeling and what they needed through a series of journaling prompts. The intention was to enable each woman to introduce daily rituals that they can use to meet their needs.
The five “Breathe. Love Here Now” illustrations reflect and celebrate the presence and power of Black Women as well as the importance of sisterhood which played a significant role in my healing process.
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For those of you who missed the magic that was the PARA - OTHER Chale Wote Festival this year... SHAME ON YOU! Don't worry though...Nii Noi Adom has written an amazing write up on everything that occured. Check out his article here
I was featured by Black Blossoms on virgin.com as one of the 10 black female artists that you should know! Check out the article here
I am excited to annouce that I will be presenting a new performance and workshop at this year's Chale Wote festival in Accra Ghana. If you are planning to go to the festival this year let me know, it would be lovely to see you there!
An exploration of tightness, release and opening up through movement, drawing and writing.
Oil bar on 3m x 3m paper.
1. secrets or mysteries.
‘Body Arcana’ is a series of large scale drawings created with my body and oil bars on paper. This series continues the exploration of my personal mythology through the Tamalpa Life Art Process following the completion of my Level 1 training at Tamalpa UK in March 2018.
Loosely inspired by Heather Hansen's "Emptied Gestures' series and by the belief that ‘the body holds our entire life experience,’ each drawing begins with the question “if my body could speak, what would it say?” This question acts as a springboard for the discovery of current life lessons and resources that the body holds through movement. Each discovery is then symbolically recorded on paper.
Discovery 1: "It comes from the core"
An exploration of personal power through movement, drawing and writing.
Oil bar on 3m x 3m paper.
Sandgate, Kent, UK
Between April 2017 to March 2018, embarked on a journey of self care. self love, deep listening, self awareness and professional development through Tamalpa UK's Level 1 training course in movement based expressive arts.
Through the course, I explored 7 body parts and discovered aspects of my hisotry and personal mythology that is housed in each of these areas.
I had the invaluable experience of transitioning between movement, drawing, writing, and dialogue to unearth where i am physically, emotionally and mentally.
My Final Self Portrait symbolically represents key learnings and life resources that I discovered and worked with through the course.
Last Sunday Indigo and I had the honour of sharing I Shape Beauty's Re-imaging of Self project at the Caribbean In/Securities and Creativity: Diasporic Dialogues Conference at The British Library in London.
The "(Re)Creating Ourselves Free – poetry & performance as acts of emancipation, of self and body, for women of colour" panel was chaired by Malika Booker (poet & artist) and also featured the amazing work of Toni Stuart (poet & artist).
Indigo presented an essay that provided an insight to the issues that inspired the creation of our Re-imaging of Self project; a 3-day workshop for Women of Colour that explores freedom as a daily practice through visual art, movement and poetry. Following the talk, we performed poetry and created a movement based drawing inspired by the work of Heather Hansen to reflect the mediums that workshop participants work through.
There were many beautiful moments that emerged from this heart-centred day; from the flow and synchronicity between both our talk and performance and the work of Toni Stuart, to the funding ideas, warm encouragement and feedback we received from those who attended.
The reminder of the power, unity and wholeness within circles is something that particularly resonated with me. We were able to shift the energy within the room by simply removing the panelist tables and by rearranging the 60 chairs that had been placed in rows for a talk into a circle, Every individual was present, seen and heard within this talk as we explored freedom and healing through art,
Lesley Adjoa Yayra Asare - Artist, Maker and Facilitator