Gallery Hop Reception with the Artist
Saturday, August 4, 2018
Dviza: Seeking & Knowing, oil, acrylic, paper and fabric on canvas, 20” x 16”
Grace, mixed media on canvas, 24" x 48"
My Name, oil, acrylic, paper, glass and cowrie on canvas, 24” x 24”
I Rise, I Rise, oil, acrylic, cowrie shells, and metal leaf on canvas, 20” x 20”
Become, oil, acrylic, bamboo paper on wood, 12” x 12”
Josephine: Through the Fire, oil, acrylic, photographs and acrylic beads on canvas, 20” x 20”
Standing on the Hope, mixed media on canvas, 12" x 24"
How Beautiful Am I, oil, acrylic, paper, and mirror on canvas, 20” x 20”
Give/Receive, oil, acrylic, laser cut paper on wood, 12” x 12”
Kairos, oil, acrylic, paper and glass, 12” x 24”
Contemplate, oil, acrylic, paper on wood, 12” x 12”
Songi, oil, acrylic, paper, metal leaf and glass on canvas, 20” x 20”
Ola & Ana/Yesterday & Tomorrow, oil, acrylic, paper, metal leaf and acrylic beads on paper, 24” x 12”
Conquer, oil, acrylic, bamboo paper, metal leaf on wood, 12” x 12”
We Are Powerful Beyond Measure, oil, acrylic, paper, metal leaf, cowrie, and pearl on canvas, 20”x 20”
Master Teachers, oil, acrylic, paper, metal leaf and acrylic beads on canvas, 20” x 20”
If Only You Knew, oil, acrylic, paper, and beads on canvas, 20” x 20”
Know, oil, acrylic and embossed paper on wood, 12” x 12”
Feel, oil, acrylic, bamboo paper on wood, 12” x 12”
April Sunami is a professional visual artist primarily focusing on mixed-media painting and installation. She earned her Master of Arts Degree in Art History from Ohio University and her Bachelor of Arts Degree from the Ohio State University. Sunami is also an award-winning installation artist through the 2012 Columbus Art Pop-Up Project sponsored by the Greater Columbus Arts Council. Her work has been widely exhibited in galleries and museums including the Columbus Museum of Art, National African America Museum and Cultural Center, and the Southern Ohio Museum. Sunami is married to writer and philosopher Christopher Sunami. They both live in Columbus, OH and co-parent two bright and imaginative kids.
"For over a decade I have considered myself a cultural producer, contributing to the ongoing conversation of race, identity and representation though the creation of paintings that place women of color front and center as the subject of my work. I deliberately create images of strong, spiritual women as a means of proclaiming my personal identity and providing a different lens for the social perception of black women.
Many of my works are titled after West African queens and deities forgotten or ignored by Western historians, Through excavating these names, I feel I am remembering a marginalized past. In this new body of work I explore the idea of histories tied to economies and bodies tied to currency. Decorative patterns interlace with historically significant images and symbols to create images that are intended to challenge, inspire and make connections with the viewer." - April Sunami