Madjeen Isaac, What it Took to Feed the Village (2023). Oil paint on canvas.

Madjeen Isaac is a first generation Haitian-American artist whose practice is rooted in home, communality and belonging. Isaac reimagines and hybridizes landscapes to center boundless Black and immigrant existences that depict joy, leisure, and liberation, ultimately challenging the constraints of reality. She is heavily influenced by her upbringing in Brooklyn, surrounded by Caribbean culture, especially informed by her observation that both are strongly family- and community-centered. Isaac aims to develop work that serve as blueprints to guide, metamorphose, and upheave society. By reimagining and suggesting ideal worlds, access and autonomy, she inspires viewers to internalize and claim their right to a better reality.

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.