Date of Award
Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
Art and Design
The Devout Griot, Emotional Keeper evaluates place, tradition, storytelling, and the experiences of African-American women to develop imaginative dialogues and alternative strategies for self-imaging by uprooting social proscriptions and challenging political norms. Within this installation, the paintings, performance, and monumental sculptural figures create an environment of ritual and memorial, depicting amalgamated new gods and mythical figures whose lives have been impacted by systemic inequalities, resulting in counter and
re-imagined narratives that, at times, live within the duality of physical and spiritual worlds. This work also explores the historic and contemporary social concerns of hybrid cultures through the gaze of the African-American female progenitor and multimedia exploration to analyze how composite cultures have often been rendered invisible, their identities denied.
Gay, Shanequa S., "The Devout Griot, Emotional Keeper.." Thesis, Georgia State University, 2019.