Entrance to the Garden (2021)

M. Florine Démosthène United States of America
Artist Statement

"Black womanhood is a dynamic archive of knowledge, formed of flesh, spirit, and memory. In my practice, I explore Black femininities against the backdrop of my own biography. Using a mixture of mylar, ink, pigment, and glitter, I create depictions of voluptuous, curvaceous bodies that simultaneously appear weightless -floating, as if viewed from below, transcending some higher plane. These otherworldly women hover over a nebulous world, in which they have the power to divine the future, move across time, or heal. Through the breaking down and reconstruction of images, I'm attempting to develop an altered context in which a new kind of mythology around the Black female heroine can emerge."

— M. Florine Démosthène