Al-Usra (family) by Taeesha Muhammad
Al-Usra (family) by Taeesha Muhammad, Acrylic and Oil on Canvas, 2022, 12 x 12 inches.
The family is the cornerstone of the community. as this family moves together we are privy to the intimacy of ordinary days.
Generations: What is the full spectrum of being American in my work? There are many complex emotions associated with being Black in America. The feelings connected to the notion of race, identity, and family are paramount to the vision of this collection. Historically, Black Americans are made to feel invisible and anonymous, and my works question these antiquated attitudes that Black Americans are less than we are. The Generations collection focuses on the spiritual notions of JOY found in everyday family life. I wanted to show protection, love, and compassion through body language and small gestures in these pieces. The intergenerational relationships of the family are where our most vital connections are created. I use ancient patterns and Sanskrit symbols with bold colors to represent our connections to Africa, the origin of Man. Generations all come together to form that legacy.
Taeesha Muhammad is a Harlem based artist and educator whose works inspire dialog about the power of language related to the Africans in the Americas from all Diasporas. Taeesha is a native New Yorker and has taught at various locations in and around Brooklyn, including Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn Public Library, Charter, Private, and Homeschool clusters. Internationally, she has conducted workshops in Morocco, Madrid, and Mexico. As a POC and a global citizen, her motivation is to seek opportunities that create dialog, understanding, and connections of cultural norms. It is our nuances that create our culture. Taeesha is the Co-Director of GAMA, Gathering All Muslim Artists, a Teaching Fellow at Arts Westchester, Visual Storyteller, Culture Bearer, and Curator.
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