a young brown skin gap-toothed girl

Destiny Belgrave, Sprouting Bloom (2021). Papercuts, Paint Marker, Colored Pencil,. 36 x 36 in.

At its core, my art upholds and uplifts black figures, activities, spaces, and objects, while portraying these entities as spiritual vessels and sacred experiences. I am mainly influenced by my own family, the domestic spaces that they inhabit and the many rituals, stories and photos that come from them. While sifting through these influences I delve into the themes of Blackness, family, bonds, spirituality and culture. These influences and themes are physically manifested through paper cuts, paint, digital media and any other medium that I see fit in the moment. When all of these things combine within the art, the piece that is created acts as a memento and a preserver for the lives and narratives that are in it.

About Smack Mellon

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.