I create immersive painterly worlds that function on multiple levels to address our political landscape, cultural myths, and intellectual conundrums.
I am fascinated by the dimensionality and sculptural quality of translucence, how it causes a rupture in space and demands consideration.
My work as a painter is also deeply informed by my training as a writer and background in performance art.
The most significant aspects of my artistic practice include a constant exploration of boundaries, continual questioning of assumptions, and a desire to apply the laws of alchemy to my work.
I see my work as a union between abstract expressionism and the critical pedagogy of installation art. I find myself continually reflecting upon the spatial footprint and cultural impact of my artistry.
I position my work within the context of other contemporary artists whose practice lives at the intersection of a desire for social transformation and a commitment to beauty.
The act of creating inviting, transformative, reflective spaces allows me to inhabit multiple identities in new ways, which impacts my ability to participate in the current national conversation on race, power and privilege.
I strive to invite, through beauty, the generous reconsideration of the expansion of possibilities for all people.
My greatest desire is to create work that pivots on an axis of understanding and advances our collective consciousness about what it means to be alive, thriving, and empathetic in today’s world.
~ Eyenga Bokamba