UNM-Taos Student Oil Paintings at the Harwood Museum!
Congratulations to UNM-Taos Art student Nikesha Breeze! It is a very big deal, and very exciting, for a student to be able to have their own show at a museum. The Harwood Museum is a prestigious and long renowned art museum here in Northern New Mexico. Nikesha Breeze very honored to have been asked to show here work as a part of the newly founded Studio 238 exhibitions.
A series of oil paintings that began as a response to a deep exploration into Breeze’s ancestral heritage, researching old records and wills, oral histories and images, into the very plantations where her family were enslaved. Breeze’s paintings are made on closet doors—because these black and brown voices have always lived in the thresholds of American history, both in and out, silenced and stigmatized. Speaking stories of lynchings, rape, slavery, fear and oppression, alongside something deeper, more powerful, endless like the rivers.
Breeze says, “I realized that at a certain point, as an African American, my blood becomes the blood of all black and brown people. I realized that to trace my line of history was to trace a much larger history that moved from wound to wound, and survival after survival. I realized that I am the great great great great grandchild of a line of power that has survived and suffered. That is still suffering and still trying to survive. What I see and have seen in my reading and study and witness as a brown woman in this country is the incredible intersection of these realities, those of immense power, heartbreaking suffering, survival, grace and impenetrable resilience.
She continues, “This stream that has flowed through all of the suffering of black and brown people to this very day, this very moment in our history of continued abuse, death, and oppression, flows into me, into my skin and my response is to trace back that unspeakable power through these works and the witnessing of them.”
Primarily self-taught, with almost 20 years of professional work in performance art and digital media, Breeze currently is pursuing graduate studies in oil painting at UNM – Taos.
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