Thursday, July 25, 2013
Ruby & Ada
Be sure to check out Ruby Amanze's alter ego, Ada the Alien when you visit our current exhibition Crossing the Line: Contemporary Drawing and Artistic Process.
Amanze is a Brooklyn-based artist of Nigerian birth and British upbringing who has found empowerment in the authenticity of the hybrid.
She writes, "For expatriates, straddling multiple cultural identities often presents a challenge...To safely navigate this sensory collision of familiar yet strange, spaces, memories, and cultures, I have invented an alter ego named Ada the Alien. These drawings are a reflection of her layered experiences; living somewhere between reality and fantasy".
Her mixed media drawings represent the fractured experiences of those who have encountered the consequences of displacement. But Amanze embraces this discomfort and uses it within her work. She projects herself into each piece, using her fantastical drawings to explore her own identity. At their core, Amanze creates art about change whether it be the change that accompanies moving, the change of self as a result of leaving one place behind, or the small changes that shape day to day existence.
Watch her video here:
Ruby Amanze – Crossing the Line from Mixed Greens on Vimeo.
--Mixed Greens intern, Callie Herod
TAGS: crossingtheline / exhibition