Demosthene, Florine
Born 1971 in New York, USA
Works and lives in New York, USA, Accra, Ghana and Johannesburg, South Africa
Exploring themes of race and gender, the artist uses her own identity to re-evaluate the socio-political structures and conditions that surround contemporary black female sexuality and physicality. Using a combination of figurative and abstract mark-making, Demosthene constructs alternative landscapes to present the heroines of her practice and to re-examine her own sense of self. The artist explains: ‘For me, my art has been a peeling away of layers of preconceived ideas; much in the way a snake sheds its skin, this slow shedding process can be viewed as a continual rebirth of my identity.’ She was a recipient of the Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant in 2011. Exhibitions include Invisibilité Ostentatoire, Habitation Clément, Le François (2017); Échos imprévus – Turning Tide, Mémorial ACTe, Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe (2016–17) and Rush20: 1995–2015, Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation, New York (2015).
Florine Demosthene, Wounds #17, 2018, Collage on paper, 55 x 76 cm. Courtesy Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery |Florine Demosthene, Releasing the Truth, 2018, Diptych, Collage on Canvas, 122 x 81 cm. Courtesy Gallery 1957

Artists 2017