Karen Jones Meadows
Harmonizing Intuitive & Multi-Disciplined Artist
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My visual art is a form of storytelling.
I began seven years ago as a means of emotional
release and an exploration into new pressure-free
ways to create something just for the joy of it.
Here are a few examples of my artistry.
This piece was born out of my overwhelming fury in response to Philando Castile's murderer ending in police officer's acquittal, and all the lives taken without legal consequences. (Purchased in 2019 by awesome artist Mark Beck)
NOAH AND NORA'S ARK DO OVER
We decided to choose a theme for all members of our group, Beyond The Brush, to execute in our own way. The theme was pick-up trucks, and I had fun with it!
MIDDLE PASSAGE: SWIMMING WITH THE ANCESTORS
This one made itself. I usually create collages and assemblages. I ventured into new territory with this abstract mixed media painting. Feelings took over because they were so strong, and connected to my, and all, African descended ancestors. Inspiration guided the paint, and layers of colors, and glitter and various pastes and mediums that became ancestors swimming, single heads bobbing, some clustered in groups, others with synchronized strokes, some-backstroking, and others confused.
WALKING WITH WISDOM STAFF
I participated in a call for artists, Off The Wall Art Show, at the Placitas Community Library Gallery. I'd wanted to create a staff for some time, and this was the perfect opportunity. It is interactive, representing consciously carrying our inner and outer wisdom at the forefront of our being for safe travels to and through destinations known and unknown. Every item on it has meaning.
MAGNIFICENCE, HARRIET TUBMAN DAVIS
She was created when I was invited to participate in an art show featuring dresses. I didn't have a dress idea at all, and then Harriet showed up wanting her beauty in the world in all realms of being, from elegance, to power, to incredible effectiveness. She was awarded an Honorable Mention Gold Ribbon from the New Mexico State Fair competition in 2019.
THE MOMENT I REALIZED THA WOULD BE MY LIFE...OR NOT
Inspired by the image of the little boy crying, I couldn't get him out of my head or heart. I kept imagining him stuck on a plantation, seeing all the misery ahead of him, and deciding he would go for the life he knew could be...
I AM SMILING!
I loved her face and demeanor, and had to do something with her. I'm still toying with a Before and After the Wedding side by side set. Haven't found the right bride photograph yet...stay tuned.
CAN'T SHUT US UP, CAN'T SHUT US DOWN
I was triggered by the image of an enslaved woman forced to wear a metal mask over her mouth, and the determination in her eyes countering her circumstance. I felt the passage of her DNA filtering into subsequent generations of women whose conscious and unconscious connection to our African ancestry is the link that allows us to continuously assert our power and affect change.
ALBUQUERQUE: EXPERIENCE THE WORLD
I was one of the artists commissioned by competition to participate in the City of Albuquerque Compass Roses Public Art Program to create maps of the region. My map is entitled, Albuquerque: Experience the World, and reflects the extensive diversity of people who live here. Every group has a label and the perimeter encases the map with the 19 Pueblos and 3 Tribes, symbolizing the original people who encompass and still influence this land. There is a table where diverse people are gathered, sharing food and camaraderie.
VISUAL ARTISTS ORGANIZATION MEMBERSHIPS
Beyond The Brush
New Mexico African American Artists Guild
Compass Roses: Maps by Artists is a national public art project engaging visual, literary, and performing artists to create maps of their communities. The City of Albuquerque Public Art Program commissioned local artists to create maps of the region. Maps become a part of the City's permanent public art collection. See it online https://compassroses.art/experience-the-world/
*Currently the maps are on display at the University of New Mexico at The Map & Geographic Information Center (MAGIC) located at the University Libraries Centennial Science and Engineering Library (CSEL) until December 22. Here is a link
New Mexico African American Resilience Committee (NMAARC)- RESILIENCE an exhibition exploring the African Diaspora Experience March 2021- November 2021 online at nmaarc.com
Placitas Library Art Gallery, Off the Wall, also online November 7,2020 - January 3, 2021
Placitas Library Art Gallery, Reaching Back/Looking Forward, now an online exhibit, May 2-26, 2020
Pop-Up Art Exhibit, and Historical Installation, Black History Month Event in collaboration with the City of
Albuquerque Office of Equity and Inclusion, the New Mexico African American Resilience Committee (NMAARC) February 29, 2020
New Mexico Humanities Council Gallery Exhibit, Pan African Gallery Experience Oct 7-Dec 27, 2019
Included Panel Discussion: Artistic Expression Throughout the African Diaspora, November 14, 2019
and Kwanzaa Workshop make and take Kinara (candelabra) December 14, 2019
New Mexico State Fair, African American Pavilion, Honorable Mention Ribbon Award , 2019
Magnificence, Harriet Tubman Davis
New Mexico Humanities Council Gallery Exhibit, Matters of the Heart, Feb-April 2018, Amurdica Purchased
Loma Colorado Gallery, February Art and Music: Black History Month Exhibit, February 2-28, 2018
Jemez Fine Art Gallery, Jemez Springs, New Mexico, Beyond the Brush Group Exhibit 2017
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