Felicita Maynard

Smack Mellon Artist Studio Program

92 Plymouth Street

I create artwork to further understand myself and to rediscover the voice of forgotten ancestors. I focus on themes revolving around gender, sexuality, history and the African Diaspora. I use photography to give a positive voice of representation to marginalized communities, specifically that of Black queer individuals. I work across alternative photography processes (specifically wet plate collodion), film photography, digital art, and site-specific installations.

In my studio, visitors will be introduced into my process as well as images I’ve created related to queer black history. As a 1st generation Afrolatinx-American non-binary individual I know the importance of documenting my story as well as those in my community.

About Smack Mellon Artist Studio Program

Smack Mellon is a nonprofit arts organization located in DUMBO, Brooklyn. Smack Mellon’s mission is to nurture and support emerging, under-recognized mid-career and women artists in the creation and exhibition of new work, by providing exhibition opportunities, studio workspace, and access to equipment and technical assistance for the realization of ambitious projects. We see ourselves as a vehicle whereby under-represented artists can create, explore and exhibit their creative ideas outside the concerns of the commercial art world, offering many artists the exposure and recognition they deserve.

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