Ms. Douglas Portraits on Display at Gallery
Wilbraham & Monson Academy Fine & Performing Arts Department faculty member Kiayani Douglas was invited to participate in an ongoing art gallery in September.
And that’s just the warm-up.
Ms. Douglas has three portraits on display at the Easthampton (Massachusetts) City Arts Gallery as part of its Story Lines theme Sept. 5-26. She is one of eight local artists to have her work exhibited.
Ms. Douglas drew portraits of three people she felt had a story to tell, based on race, history and privilege. In the portraits, she augmented reality features. Visitors to the gallery can download an application, where a video (also created by Ms. Douglas) will play.
“The songs and text I picked all have the same themes – for people to come together and have conversations about what that means to them based on their own identity,” said Ms. Douglas, who will have her first solo art show in Springfield in February, when she will display 100 pieces of her work. “I’m really interested in curating ideas about race, history and privilege. I’ve been experimenting what that looks like. For this show I used drawings, but I usually use ceramics and sculpture and different mediums to create an immersive environment.”
A reception was held for the artists and guests Sept. 14. Ms. Douglas received a type of compliment only an artist can fully understand.
“It was lots of fun,” she explained. “I met a lot of different people. I met an artist I admired, and he was admiring my work. It was nice and reassuring there are people working in the same narrative that I am and are interested to find space to share (so people) can have those conservations.”
The gallery, located at 43 Main Street, is open to the public Tuesdays and Thursdays noon-5 p.m.