The Writers Place is thrilled to announce that the collages and paintings of GLYNEISHA JOHNSON are now hanging in our main gallery! On January 6th, these deeply moving works will be set in dialogue with seven, local poets. Each has created a page in verse dedicated to one of Glyneisha's works and the painter is responding with a final, visual comment. Mark your calendar for our exciting RECEPTION EVENT for this timely and dynamic exhibit: Saturday, January 6th at 6:30 PM. Details here.
Through the language of collage and drawing, I recreate familiar domestic Black spaces of color. I explore the notion of collage as a metaphor to describe the dislocated, collaged nature of Black history due to colonialism. I am recreating Black southern spaces I call and have called home, places such as my grandmother’s kitchen, my mother’s den, or the home I wanted growing up in order to convey nostalgia for a past that never existed. I include decorative objects, such as African vases and religious artifacts to represent black culture and my family heritage. The spaces reflect the relationship between family and home, along with the desolate truths and overt absences that reside there.