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Tosha Stimage

The Self-Aware Subjects and Spaces of Mickalene Thomas

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Whether an assemblage amassing into a robust pictorial landscape or a large-scale painting of a reclining nude, Mickalene Thomas’s constructed spaces and figures are loaded with a sense of memory and imagination that calls for a new type of engagement with one’s own identity as viewer.

This gallery talk will consider the intersection of the visual arts and our collective imagination in creating social change. We’ll examine several works in which Thomas creates a speculative space occupied by the black female body, which is empowered in her portraits with potent agency and intention. Her reversal of roles between voyeur, subject, and place challenge the viewer to consider a future where life imitates art and space opens within space, ad infinitum.

Tosha Stimage is a multidisciplinary artist whose work focuses on the structural nature of language in relation to “black” identity and employs coded messages that investigate the societal constructs of race and violence. Currently a visiting assistant professor at Columbus College of Art & Design, she is a founder of The Black Infinity, a collective that aims to support marginalized creative communities. Stimage has exhibited in group and solo shows across the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond and is a recipient of multiple residencies and awards including The Toby Devan Lewis Fellowship Award, Facebook Artist in Residence and Real Time & Space residencies, and an Association of Independent Colleges of Art & Design Post-Graduate Teaching Fellowship.

Professors, teachers, and educators: please contact us at edweb@wexarts.org if you plan to assign this public program for one of your classes. Space is often limited, and we want to make any accommodations possible. Thank you!

Tosha Stimage

Photo courtesy of Tosha Stimage.

THIS EVENT PRESENTED IN CONJUNCTION WITH

I, Too, Sing America: The Harlem Renaissance at 100

 

SUPPORT FOR FREE AND LOW-COST PROGRAMS

Huntington Bank

Cardinal Health Foundation

 

GENERAL OPERATING SUPPORT FOR THE WEXNER CENTER

Greater Columbus Arts Council

Ohio Arts Council

The Columbus Foundation

Nationwide Foundation

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Tosha Stimage