Tuesday, March 27, 2012

She's Making HerStory: Erika Morrison


Erika Morrison was born in Houston Texas, and has lived in Venezuela, Spain and Holland.
She is entirely self taught and has been painting for many years in a style which she considers unique.
An abstractionist artist.

Her paintings represent a desire for beauty in an increasingly harsh and unnaturally modern world,
where the emphasis is all too often loud and aggressive.
Having no desire to emulate this,
she uses elements of nature and architecture as a foundation 
along with expressions of color to create her own universe.

She is currently living and painting 
in the Smoky Mountains of Western North Carolina.
A form of creative hibernation in splendid isolation.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

She's Making HerStory: Bonnie MacAllister


Bonnie MacAllister renders moments in multimedia: documentary
photography, abstract paintings, film, and performance. 
Her films have been featured on ClassWarKaraoke.com (UK), and her writing has been published by Paper Tiger Media (Brisbane), nth Position (UK), Grasp(Czech Republic), and Dead Drunk Dublin (Ireland). Recent
stagings of her plays were at the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, the
Shubin Theatre, and the Adrienne Theatre. She has performed at NYFA
and the Cat Cat Club in Paris. She has recently shown her visual
artwork at the Delaware Art Museum, Galeria 6 (Mexico), the Center for
Green Urbanism (DC), University of Pennsylvania, Montclair State
University (NJ), and Florissant Valley Art Gallery in St. Louis, MO.
She recently exhibited as part of Look! on Lancaster Avenue as part of
“Women of Lancaster Avenue.” She studied under Jacques Derrida, Helene
Cixous, and Agnes Varda. She is a Fulbright‐Hays recipient to Ethiopia
and a Pushcart Prize nominee.

Artist statement
Often pieces are multi-genre, fusing painting, photography, slide
installations, spoken word, video, and performance. In photographic
stills, she mimics the lighting of times past, slips shutter speeds,
and she often animates using stop action techniques culled from 35 mm
and Holga images. She is drawn to pageantry, burlesque, and motion
portraiture. She will take multiple images of an act and piece it back
together in a deconstructed film, a slide series, or gif painting. Her
documentary photographic work depicts the Coptic imagery and the women
and children whom she visited in eight cities of Ethiopia in 2009.

Monday, March 19, 2012

She's Making HerStory: Akua Walker

"The Pianist"

Born and raised in Washington, DC, Akua Walker has continuously been exposed to the world of arts which early on developed and shaped her painting skills all. The native Washingtonian’s inspiration comes from life’s everyday experiences and challenges. The people that she encounters daily are her motivation to create art. She uses whatever emotion that is generated from balancing work, life, family, and relationships and in turn, pours that energy onto the canvas. 

Many times you can find this Artist simply sitting down listening to music while meditating and with the stroke of a brush, she will start creating. She believes those images come from God or some higher power. Although Walker has never had formal training, her creations have evolved and she continues to hone her craft. For this Artist, to live is to create.

Akua’s work has been showcased at “Taste of Kings” Art and Poetry Showcase, the “Jazz Brunch” and Art Exhibition at Howard University, the 2009 Artomatic showcase, and three of her own successful art showcases with the most recent being December 3rd, 2011 at Jin Lounge DC. She was a featured artist on the Graylivin.com blog for the month of December 2011 as well as a featured guest on the “Jazz Collector’s” show on WPFW 89.3 FM on November 29, 2011.  Whether it is counseling, dancing, music or art, she puts her heart into all that she touches.