Africentric Habits of Mind

This exhibition is based on doctoral research conducted at National Louis University in 2012.  The goals of research included expanding the knowledge base relative to African Centered practice, helping individuals design culturally grounded strategies to approach public education.  As a visual artist, I found it impossible to not interpret the principles, virtues, and concepts embedded in the Africentric Paradigm through visual arts mediums.  This series of work was not only used to interpret the site visits and field notes that occurred during the study, but to articulate the cognitive, affective and intellectual gains that result from engaging in the African Centered Paradigm.  In addition to visually enhancing the study, this exhibition is critical because artwork expands the research to non-academic audiences.

Since before Ancient Kemet (Egypt), art-making has been a way of knowing, understanding and doing for people of the Diaspora.  This body of work was created to reflect the impact that the arts have had on Ancient Africa and the world.  Articulated in various mediums, each piece is reflective of a unique aspect of history while testing the boundaries of texture, color, and rhythm.  From Queen Hatshepsut, the first queen in the history of humanity, to representations of Chicago’s Bronzeville, each painting offers a unique historical perspective while educating the viewer about a rich history often obscured by Western culture.  The aim of this exhibition is to bring audience and voice to the African Centered Worldview through art-based research.