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ARTIST STATEMENT

Raised amidst the diverse cultures of Haiti, Benin, and Jamaica, and influenced by my Beninese, Togolese, Jamaican, British, and Israeli lineage, I grew up at the crossroads of Islamic and Vodou traditions. My art, infused with the ethos of Afrobaroque, serves as a bridge between varied worldviews. Reflecting my rich heritage, it goes beyond visual representation, addressing themes of displacement, memory, and identity. Feeding from my Afro-Caribbean heritage, I turn personal tales of isolation into a shared exploration of humanity, inviting all to reflect on our interconnected stories.

BIO

Soulé Déesse, a Haitian-Jamaican-Beninese artist, uses digital vodunism and telekinesis as metaphorical lenses to explore the Anthropocene's geographical violence, examining themes of displacement and pain.

 

Déesse's interdisciplinary practice spans drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, oral storytelling, digital media, and performance art. She has been selected for prestigious national and international residencies, including Yaddo in Saratoga Springs, New York, the Hungarian Multicultural Center in Budapest, the Cholamandal Artists Village in Chennai, India, the Residencia Internacional de Arte Can Serrat in Barcelona, Spain, c.r.e.t.a. rome in Rome, Italy, and the Bogliasco Foundation in Genoa, Italy. She has received awards such as Best of Show at the Migrations Film Festival in New Orleans, Louisiana, and the Yaddo Donald and Genie Rice Filmmaker Residency Grant.

 

Her work has been exhibited globally, both solo and collaboratively, in venues across the Middle East, Asia, Europe, Africa, and the Americas. Notable institutions where her work has been shown include the Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art, the Black Mountain College Museum & Art Center in Asheville, North Carolina, Printed Matter, Inc. in New York, the Mahmoud Darwish Museum in Bethlehem, Palestine, and the Bogota Arte Contemporaneo Gallery in Bogota, Colombia.

 

Currently, Déesse teaches at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drawing and Painting, a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, and a Master of Fine Arts from the Tyler School of Art and Architecture in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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