I AM SHE Imani Shanklin Roberts, March 2-27, 2019
Public Opening: Saturday, March 2, 2019 5:00 PM
Artist Talk + A Celebration of Women Through Music
Wednesday, March 27, 2019 9:00 PM
Titled I AM SHE, Imani Shanklin Roberts’ latest collection of work was inspired by her time away from art making but spent diving deeper into self discovery. Motherhood forced Roberts to confront the identities that she thought were fixed. Raising a daughter has given her a clearer understanding of what it means to be female, to be black and to be human in the 21st century, and that perspective is reflected in the work in this exhibit.
Viewers will see and experience the artist's expression of holistic femininity through portrait works and connected charging stations, designed in partnership with set designer Alicia DeLarge. The archetypes Roberts explores visually and experientially include the Rebel Woman, Carefree Black Girl, Bruja, Wombman, Visionary, Lover, and High Powered Woman of the World.
I AM SHE is presented with the generous support of the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs and the Stavros Niarchos Foundation.
Imani Shanklin Roberts’
Imani Shanklin Roberts is a Washington, D.C. native currently based in Brooklyn, N.Y. where she earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts and MS in Art Education from Pratt Institute. As an artist and enthused educator who peels apart topics on race, gender, and identity, she seeks to create and facilitate socially responsive work that encourages ideas of self-realized liberation. Using the traditional mediums of oil paint on canvas coupled with mixed media, she has entered the arts realm once dominated by a ruling minority to express the language of the oppressed and unheard. She draws inspiration from African-American artists that have visually explored identity using figures and bold color choices in her work to reflect how she experiences the world.