16813 was the residence of my grandparents, a place surrounded by a supportive community. This debut solo exhibition celebrates their warmth, culture, and wisdom through a collection of new-scale oil paintings, offering a final tribute to my family's legacy.
EXPRESSIONS OF BLACK LOVE
Standing in the Sun reflects a moment of embracing God’s light. As a mother holds her child, she is protected by greens and plants that are used to echo healing and growth throughout life. She stands through the peaks of sun rays as she recognizes the light in herself. As a black woman, a mother, a daughter, a sister, a best friend. As Kiah.
As women, we are often expected to stand for something, figure it out, and as black women, we are always expected to be strong. But, we rarely have time for our own peace or have time to give ourselves grace. The Grow Room became a place to reflect exactly that. It brings the outside inside, and has transformed from a bedroom into a grassy, plant life oasis.
Do You Belong? What does belonging look like and why is it important to a person’s life? This exhibit is a collection of works answering these questions and more by many amazing artists from all walks of life.