Second Saturday Artist Talk

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This show features four Detroit women, each exploring new dimensions in their art.

Cydney Camp (b. 1994, Detroit, MI) is a self-taught visual artist, creative entrepreneur, and economic development professional. She is the founder and creative director of a live art experience called The Process: a popup event in Detroit that unites art, culture, and nightlife, to highlight the magic found within the creative process.

As a visual artist, Cydney works with oils, inks, and watercolors in a figurative abstract style. Her work celebrates the unique diversity of the black American experience through colorful figures that express themes of truth, community, femininity, and identity.

Visit her website at www.cydneycamp.com

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Jenai Jackson is a twenty-six year old native Detroiter, visual artist/creative, painter, model, poet and writer. She is the author of two books called “Jenai’s Pure Naked Truth” and “Jenai’s Soul fire: The Lit Flames Unleashed”. She specializes in several mediums: acrylic, oil and mix media. As a creative artist, her goal is to increase and influence positive cultural impact and community standards of the African diaspora and an evolving sisterhood and unity within the race. The meditative, yet mosaic feel her art offers, is a combination of details and mix media enhancement to offer the eyes a deeper experience.

Jenai defines her mosaic- feel works through a quote she wrote: “You tried to break me, but even the broken pieces of me are masterpieces”. Jenai’s creative works offer strong commentary on black culture, self-discovery and realization, strength, afrocentrism, womanhood, diversity & hardships and unity in the African American community.

As a writer and artist, she aims to convey deep messages of her life lessons, experiences and poems through her paintings. Since age 8, she has been writing poetry, and she found art at age 23, when she received visions in her dreams and in reality and decided to pick up a paintbrush.

Her works have been exhibited at The Carr Center, The Baltimore Gallery, The Riopelle Gallery, CCS Taubman Gallery and the New Wave Gallery. Locally, she exhibited at Clubhouse Detroit and The Centre Bar. Her poetry is currently exhibited at Civil Rights Heritage Center in South Bend, Indiana and The Saginaw Museum.  Her mural resides in the home/office of the nonprofit organization, Enjoy Detroit. She is currently working on her third poetry book and preparing for her second solo art exhibition/ book signing.

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LM COZ is a born and raised Detroit artist. She graduated from Detroit Community High School and studied science at Wayne County Community College District. Her career started when she exhibited her artwork at Dabls African Bead Museum in 2013. Since then, she has shown art in Michigan, Miami, Amsterdam and China. She also has a YouTube show called "Let's Create Art with LM Coz".

L.M. Coz has shown her artwork at The Fel'le Gallery, Sherwood Forest Art Gallery, Jo's Gallery, Micah's Salon, the Lucky Duck and many other locations throughout Detroit. During her spare time, she conducts art parties, art shows, exhibitions, festivals, children's programs and much more.

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Ijania Cortez was born July 31, 1990 in Detroit Michigan. At an early age she was encouraged to pursue art from her teachers, and began to study on her own. Though she lost touch with her craft in her high school years, with encouragement from peers, she began to create art again in 2012. Rediscovering her passion, she began teaching herself through strenuous study. She hosted her first solo exhibition, A Summer Nativity, in July 2017.

Focusing on portraiture, the artist’s work uses vibrant colors and scale to evoke a sense of divinity in her subjects. Handcrafting customized canvases from salvaged wood and building material, her pieces have been described as soulful, provocative, and indicative of the beauty of the human spirit. 

 Artists Statement:

The goal of my works is celebratory, I love depicting people of color in full color, in a context that is purely millennial. My hope is that people not only see beauty in my work, but that that beauty is interpreted as a reflection of themselves.

Contact:

 Ijania.com

Instagram: @ijania 

Facebook: Ijania Cortez

Email: artofijania@gmail.com