Ashburton Hall, Deshi Arts presents....
Art Exhibition by Joyce Treasure
'Our Visual Cortex and the Obscuridad'
14 Feb - 27 Feb 2018
All Welcome, Free entry
Artist: Joyce Treasure is a multidisciplinary artist from South East London, currently studying and living in Birmingham to complete a BA honors degree course in Black Studies.
30cm x 49cm
Original mixed media collage: pound note, postage stamps, acrylic, resin, ink, bible, fools gold leaf. Background: Gothic German dictionary.
"The Soul of the Nation Resided in the Stool" titled loaned and starting point of art piece influenced by Yaa Asantewaa appointed queen mother of Ejisu of the Ashanti Empire now modern day Ghana. In 1900 she led the Ashanti rebellion known as the War of the Golden Stool against British colonialism.
She promoted women emancipation as well as gender equality. This image is sliced with my take on The Statue of Liberty. Gifted to USA by France, designed by Frederic Augusta Bartholdi. Chains lie at the feet of the statue to represent the emancipation of enslaved people. These chains are obscured can only be viewed from a certain view point.
Gone With The Wind ceramic assemblage piece, is a nod to the epic civil war film set in Atlanta Georgia, Gone With The Wind, starring Vivien Leigh and Clarke Gable. Given the movie's civil war setting, there are few roles or scenes that depict black people's authentic struggles in the south. The most notorious is the role of Mammy played by Hattie McDaniel. Her supporting role made her the first African American women to win an Oscar in 1940. In contrast, a special concession was made for Hattie, so she could accept her award at The Ambassador's Coconut Grove nightclub, as there was a strict no blacks policy. Civil rights leaders at the time criticized her for taking stereotype roles. She is quoted as saying, "I'd rather play a maid and make $700 a week than be a maid and make $7." Academics such as Kehinde Andrews in his article 'White Psychosis' argue the negative impact narrow narratives have on society when history is written only from a white perspective.
During a trip to Haiti in April 2017 and West Africa May, June and July 2017, I looked at various art techniques. In particularly artwork made in Haiti. Artists Lesly Pierrepaul from New Vision Art School. Timoun Rezistans, Frantz Art Guyodo Jacques and Andre Eugene located in Rue de Magazin in Port Au Prince all make work using found materials. Voodoo is a central theme in their work. This spiritual and visceral approach to art has influenced this piece Gone With The Wind created in 2018.
Gone With The Wind for solo show: Our Visual Cortex and the Obscuridad, 2018.
Mixed media sculptor. Some found objects:
• Dolls head found in Senigambia, Gambia.
• Cowrie bead found on the floor going through customs travelling from New York to Senegal. Security.
• Ceramic ornament, felt, acrylic, ink, glass, metal biodegradable plastic and text, electric parts and text from the opening chapter of Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell first published in 1936.