Representing human experience through the personification of lineage, The black interior is a space marked with love, mantra, self-healing, and culture. Using collage as a metaphor to describe black [her]story, Johnson presents us with narratives that reference nostalgia as place through spaces that remind her of home. The scenes of life presented in Bo͝ozəm are both intimate and deeply subversive, highlighting the desolate truths and overt absences that reside within the presentation of home. The  “black interior” challenges the viewer “ to see what’s underneath and inside the facades we have willingly and unwillingly worn.”

(Quote and excerpt in quotation borrowed from poet and scholar, Elizabeth Alexander)

Glyneisha Johnson is a multimedia artist, currently living and working in Kansas City, MO. She completed her Bachelor of Fine Art in painting from the Kansas City Art Institute in 2017 and is a current artist in residence and recipient of the Drug Store Artist of Faith reward. Johnson has also been accepted as a 2019 artist in residence at Art Omi in Ghent, NY, starting in June.

Bo͝ozəm is Johnson’s second solo exhibition of the year following The Black Interior at the Union for Contemporary Art in Omaha, NE. Johnson’s work has recently been added to the collection of The Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art in Overland Park, Kansas.

Location: Haw Contemporary Crossroads


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