For her exhibition, Jasmine Anokye transforms the UrbanGlass Window Gallery into a fantastical space lined wall-to-wall with beaded curtains – where you are allowed to daydream, lose yourself in stories of yesterday and imagine new possibilities for tomorrow.
The selection of collages, portraits and sculptures illustrate the practical experience of humanity proverbs hold and deliver messages of inspiration, celebration and advice. A site specific beaded curtain sculpture will cover the windows themselves inviting viewers on the street to physically engage and permeate the curtains to navigate the space fully. This portal exists as less of a sense of separation, but serves to evoke a sense of humanness. Made with the most everyday materials, objects we come into contact with on a daily basis, grants a humanizing touch.
Drawn to the poetry and universality of proverbs, this installation will serve as a space for reflection, realization and rebirth. A proverb is a simple saying that expresses a truth based on common sense or universal truths. Though they are uniquely African, proverbs can help all discover new ideas and learn life lessons.
About the Artist:
Jasmine Yaa-Tiwaah Anokye aka BZARBLACKSTAR is an interdisciplinary Ghanaian-American artist, who practices glass art, collaging and painting. As a native New Yorker, Anokye identifies with the gritty, aggressive style and swag of her city, which plays a significant role in her artistic sensibility. As a collector and sentimental soul, objects with personal context are included in many of her works. Elements such as magazine clippings or excerpts from her diary, as well as beads, dried flowers and other upcycled material. Her work celebrates the diversity of femininity by exploring how society and culture have shaped gender expression and intimacy.