This body of work is focused on visual representations of landscape, emotion, and memory as they concern the diasporic movements of black people. Through abstract paintings, soft sculptures, and video, summer artist in residence Adee Roberson offers a refracted timeline of black movement. Here, the forced migration of black people via the Trans Atlantic Slave Trade, and the subsequent movements of black peoples in the Caribbean, North America, and Western Africa are collapsed, expanded, and offered as a type of energetic visual field.
Speaking about the work, she says: “I will develop work that explores movement and migration as channeled through my experience of being second generation Jamaican living in the U.S. My grandmother moved from Kingston, Jamaica in 1961 to New York, then to Florida where I was born. I grew up having a connection to Jamaica through stories, photos, food, music and holiday time with extended family. This in-between space is something I would want to explore during my residency, as a part of a larger body of work that I have been creating around the profundity of black movement and the un/making of home. Using sound, color, sculpture, and family archives, I will piece together my specific story of home and migration. The objects and visuals created would then become a part of my family legacy and archive.”
Adee Roberson was born in West Palm Beach, Florida in 1981. Her work weaves sonic and familial archives, with landscape, technicolor, rhythm, form, and spirit. She has exhibited and performed at numerous venues including, Portland Institute of Contemporary Art, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Antenna Gallery, Project Row Houses, Charlie James Gallery, Contemporary Art Center New Orleans, MOCA Los Angeles, and Art Gallery of Windsor, Ontario. She is based Los Angeles, California. @adeeroberson
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