Lion’s Serenade, 2020, Acrylic on canvas, 15x 36 inches
This artwork was inspired by the meeting points of cultural histories, as they occur over time and across the diaspora. Expressions of culture and legacies surge, dissolve, are repressed, and emerge through the pressures and impacts of colonialism, population movements (involuntary or voluntary) and immigration. Interactions between pictorial and cultural traditions slice across the surface of the painting, as an inevitable construction.
Gina Samson’s artwork reflects the rich cultural heritage and vibrant colors of Haiti and the Caribbean, as well as her experience as an immigrant in the New York City urban environment. After showing interest in the arts at a young age, she enrolled in classes and workshops at the Art Student League, F.I.T. and NYU SCE. She has participated in exhibitions nationally, and regularly exhibits in the New York Metropolitan area. Her work is featured in several corporate and private collections. Currently, she produces paintings in acrylic as well as mixed media works, where a combination of materials such as nut shells, fabric, acrylic paint, and other collage elements combine to evoke pictorial traditions. “The inspiration for my artwork is really the journey that brought us to today’s experiences: the stories of survival, adaptation and resilience, of African traditions passed through centuries of suppression, and cultural heritage evolving in the diaspora and enriching the human experience. ”