Mar 7 - Apr 16, 2021
Reception with artist talk March 30, 5 p.m.
Kellie Richardson is a writer, artist and educator born and raised in Tacoma, Washington. Her work primarily explores themes of love, loss and longing to communicate the unshakable hope, tenacity, and imagination of Black Americans.
Despite the onslaught of racial justice statements and persistent promises of support and solidarity, America remains a dangerous place for Black people. America’s wealth and national identity is predicated on the systemic silencing, oppression, and dehumanization of Black people. But reality is subjective, precarious and wholly dependent on our participation in it, whether past, present or future. Realized, a collection of mixed media collage and graphic poetry by Kellie Richardson, explores the question: what is Blackness uninterrupted? More specifically, how might legacy, family, wealth, and power look, taste, move and advance when Black people are in full control of their narrative? Radically imagined through the birthright of agency, Realized centers the healing power of disruption, reclamation, and joy as well as the criticality of rage, grief, and chaos.