Talented artists of color from De Montfort Leicester University (DMU) are celebrated in a striking exhibition on campus, thanks to the initiative of a student.
hope and optimism by Pasha Kincaid
Aware of the university’s commitment to diversify its art collections within the framework of Decolonize DMU, a movement that seeks to create an anti-racist campus, Pasha Kincaid, a final-year fine arts student, interviewed students and shared her findings with art curators at DMU.
Pasha said: “DMU is already doing a lot of work to better represent color artists, but there is still a long way to go. We are a minority within the school of the arts and at times it can feel isolating.
“I wanted to do something that reflected the diversity of our city and our campus, so I invited submissions and the result was Being Here, an exhibit about presence. It is about living university life fully and expressing ourselves as artists in this context.
Being Here showcases a wide range of artwork from 21 fine arts, photography and video undergraduates, postgraduates, and alumni, including paintings, sculptures, photographs, video and sound installations.
Eteranous by Jarvis Brookfield
Located across the Leicester Gallery the atrium and the first floor of the staircase that connects the art tower of the Vijay Patel building to the design wing, the exhibition is on display until the end of June.
Masters student Jarvis Brookfield presents Eteranous, an acrylic painting on wood developed through successive thin layers of paint to create an impression of dimension and life. He explores the energy and vitality that accompany the visions he has experienced.
“One of the best things about sharing my work with my fellow Black, Asian and ethnic minority artists at DMU is that they haven’t let their skin color define or limit them. The works presented in the series are diverse and express this deeply inherent human desire to create, ”he said.
“I am grateful to Pasha and the Leicester Gallery for giving us this brilliant opportunity to showcase our work and share our story of what it means to be human and ‘to be here’ to us.
“I hope the show will be a gem of inspiration, and also a reminder to people of all races, to follow their inclinations and curiosities wherever they take, for that inner voice transcends all illusory boundaries.
Grandmother’s hands (po⁴ po⁴⁻² ge³ sau²) by Kristy Lee
Final year student Kristy Lee presents a pair of gloves molded from her hands with liquid latex. Appointed Grandmother’s hands (po⁴ po⁴⁻² ge³ sau²), Kristy did the job on the first anniversary of her grandmother’s death.
She said, “Looking back, I don’t think I handled her death and cried properly, so I wanted to do some artwork dedicated to her. The gloves are a representation of her hands as she fell ill.
“It took a lot for me to be vulnerable and show my work because of the subject. Coming from an East Asian background, we don’t openly express our grief outside of the wake, so I hope I can remind others of the importance and beauty of grieving.
deconstructed by Grace Hamilton
Using herself as a subject, sophomore Grace Hamilton shares an oil painting on canvas titled deconstructed, which is an abstract deconstruction of the human figure.
“I love that we have this opportunity, but it’s bittersweet that we have to create our own spaces to be seen. I’m happy that more people are at least open to these conversations because Covid seems to have given people the opportunity to focus on real issues, ”she said.
Coursemate Jasmine Kelly-gobuiwang exhibits a metal sculpture called Bin hat bag because of its resemblance to each of these objects. He incorporates trash such as canned food lids, reflecting his minimalist and ethical views.
She said: “This sculpture was a gateway to using DMU’s metal workshops and working with materials that I had never used before. I wasn’t able to experience as much as I wanted because of Covid, but I’m happy that I was able to be sustainable by incorporating what I already had around me.
Bin Hat Bag by Jasmine Kelly-gobuiwang
The curator of the Pasha exhibition presents two prints. One is the last piece of knitting that his mother made before her death called Drop points and the other is a self portrait called hope & optimism.
“The impression of myself was particularly difficult to make, as it was in response to the murder of George Floyd last year. I must have had stimulating conversations with my children and it was hard to have hope, ”she said.
After graduating this summer, Pasha follows in Jarvis’ footsteps to pursue a master’s degree in fine arts. She said: “So far it has been a really enriching experience. I chose DMU because of its amazing facilities and most of all I found the print studios to be second to none. “
Jarvis, who also received his undergraduate degree from DMU, added, “I have realized that the resources we have at DMU are truly a gift. The library, technicians, workshops, and tutors are all invaluable in fostering growth and encouraging you to delve into your ideas, so I wanted to extend that a bit longer.
Posted on Wednesday, May 19, 2021