Curated by Melaine Ferdinand-King
Poiesis - Poí.ē.sis
Poiesis is an invitation to commemorate the world around us, treasure the transient, and see the potential for beauty and creativity in even the most mundane spaces. By highlighting the works of artists and creatives from the Providence metropolitan area, the exhibition encourages visitors to reflect on their own relationship to the local art scene and consider how art can help us honor and remember the past in new and meaningful ways.
Curating Commemoration: Poiesis / Remedy
July 13 - August 20, 2023
WaterFire Arts Center
Meet The Artists
I am a Latina X Artist born in Providence RI. My biological mother was born in Puerto Rico and my father was born in the Dominican Republic. I spent my childhood in the Manton Heights Projects with my grandmother. From the ages of 9-17, my family kept me living in the Dominican Republic with family and friends. I then return to the US and finished high school with all AP courses at Feinstein High. I then attended the University of Rhode Island and graduated in 2015 with a major in Fine Arts and a minor in theater design.
Isaiah Aladejobi is a Washington, DC-based artist, designer, and educator exploring identity, community, and culture through art. Inspired by high Renaissance masters and African art, Aladejobi has collaborated with various organizations to create innovative designs that blend art and technology. He holds a BFA in fine arts with a concentration in advertisement design and a master's degree in industrial design from the Rhode Island School of Design.
Born and raised in Boston, MA, artist Josh Baptista completed his Bachelor’s of Fine Art at Montserrat College of Art in 2002. Josh subsequently pursued his Master’s of Fine Art from American University in Washington D.C., graduating in 2009.
Primarily a painter, Josh also mixes various media to create a parallel world filled with strange, mercurial, and innocently curious creatures. Heavily influenced by his roots in the 90’s skateboarding and street art scenes in New England, Josh projects a hesher mindset in his pieces, but does so with a wit and sharpness that illuminates the beauty in the oddities.
Julio E. Berroa (BER ROH-uh) was born in Salcedo (s-aa-l-s-EH-d-oh), Dominican Republic, and has been a Providence resident since 2012. Berroa earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Digital Media Design and a minor in Photography. His passions include the Arts, Sex and HIV Education, and Youth Advocacy. All of this drives him to share his experiences through Art to help advocate for young aspiring artists of color.
Big Nazo Lab / Erminio Pinque
BIG NAZO is an international performance group of visual artists, puppet performers, and masked musicians who unite to create bizarre and hilarious larger-than-life sized characters, environments, and spectacles. Pictured here is BIG NAZO's iconic character (who's been around since the '90's) "Dr Tremendanus"
Hi, my name is Kindell Brown. I am a Rhode Island based documentary and street photographer. Photography started for me as a way to improve my skills as a videographer. After enrolling in a digital photography course during the summer of 2016 at the University of Rhode Island, I immediately fell in love with a new medium that I never considered myself skilled in. Storytelling through my eyes has allowed me to contribute to the narrative of our world and capturing parts of our history.
Ani Cassion's unique, bold use of acrylic paint to explore Black Womanhood delights and captivates viewers. Her art is a powerful testimony to and celebration of the resilience, strength and beauty of Black Women, and is often enhanced by complex layering of media and color-rich hues, tints and tones. Characterized by vibrant compositions and dazzling techniques, Ani's pieces are dynamic, thoughtful, and alluring. Ani Cassion's vibrant and bold works provides a visual representation of faith in Jesus Christ as, scripture is continually represented in her works.
As a Painter I create images inspired by the graphic language of spectacular culture, that convey the feeling of the world we live in while proposing a Counter-Spectacle to the grim news reel reality of everyday life; a visual world defined by the karmic magic of the universe.
Umberto Crenca is an accomplished painter of fine art, performance artist, sculptor, and musician, with a long exhibition and performance history. His work appears in the permanent collections of the Rhode Island School of Design and Newport Art Museums, and in numerous private collections in the US and abroad.
Justin DeGraide is a film photographer based out of Providence, Rhode Island. Throughout the last few years, his passion for film photography has grown naturally. Through practice, patience, and understanding, he has come to a point where he truly knows what this form of art is to him.
Artful for short is my name, ingenious and blessed with skills in creativity. Self-taught artist tying in together meaning, messages, and many expressions with a brush and acrylic paint on canvases. I paint out of passion because art has always discovered me first and everyone else seen a gift long before I realized there's a vision.
Raphael Serrano Disla is a painter and multidisciplinary artist, based in Providence, Rhode Island. Whose work deals with themes of enculturation, immigrant narratives , The Caribbean, Nature( it’s explicit and elicit meaning) ,familial bonds and it’s aftertaste , and lastly freedom , music and love which are all indicative of the human condition. His work is informed by emotional labor and slices of life.
Dorian Epps is an emerging designer, and artist from Pittsburgh, PA based in Providence, RI. His love for basketball and footwear have inspired him to establish a sportswear and streetwear brand — Blacktop Market — that aims to highlight the intersections of streetwear, and sport culture.
In the creation story of i taotao tåno (ancient Chamoru), Fu’una is the being that created the universe using the body parts of her brother before giving her own body to create the land. The current incarnation of Fu’una is descended on her maternal side from an indigenous Chamoru village displaced by the United States military; on her paternal side, she is descended from a veteran of the United States Marine Corps. She is an embodiment of United States colonialism and militarization. Her illustrative works attempt to process the inter-related influences of history, power, and heritage on the environment and the psyche.
Kevin Saye Kehyei
I am an artist from Providence who uses his camera to not only take pictures but to connect with those around him as well as engage in conversation about mental health and the culture of this city. What I love the most about photography is showing people how I see the city and its inhabitants. That even though we are different, we are the same inside.
Louie is a poet based in Providence, RI. He is a co-owner of The Daily Note and works as a creative writer for Ting Barnard's Studio & Ian Barnard Photography. He loves Hip-Hop/R&B, binge-watching random shows, and encouraging people to write their hearts out. His work is published on wherewordsplay.com.
Hannah (they/them) is a queer artist and advocate. They are a lover of dirt, avid over-waterer of house plants, and an ocean-dweller. Fascinated by experiences and understandings of belonging, they are ceaselessly exploring the intersections of identity and connection to place. Their work is a reflection of the old brickwork, chipped paint, and hopeful wildflowers strewn across our city. Imperfect watercolors and shaky pen lines evoke vague familiarity, depicting liminal spaces that have an ambiguously comforting marriage of acquaintance, abandonment or wear, and often a reminder from nature that we are not alone.
My name is Rafael Medina and I’m a Dominican-American street photographer from Providence, RI. I’ve been wandering the streets with my camera for the past 5 years now constantly in search of new perspectives and fleeting moments to capture.
I'm a filmmaker/photographer from Providence, RI. Growing up there, you're bred with an underdog mentality. Three years ago I found my gift again and took pictures for therapy. The light at the end of the tunnel showed me I have to give everything I got, and become something great.
Tyler Palmer is a digital photographer and electronic musician based in Providence, RI. Since the summer of 2022, Tyler has been documenting everyday life in Providence. Their photography aims to dramatize candid moments, often abstracting individual subjects with shadow, reflections and foreground elements.
Autumn Perez is a Licensed Nail-Technician with unique approaches to nail artistry. The artist seeks to influence the way in which personal expression is represented through self-decoration. The creator behind HBIC Nailz has graduated with BA in Studio Art and Art History from Clark University in 2018.
Born in Providence, raised in poor mill cities, and representing the Southside of Fall River, I use my art as a means to retaliate against oppressors, negate the suffering of my people, and to communicate our concepts and experiences to different audiences. Very interdisciplinary, mediums are conquered as necessary.
Derek Raymond’s work is largely informed by the rudimental aspects of graffiti, with an emphasis on abstracting and manipulating the unrefined qualities of both vandalism and vandalism removal processes. His work is an ongoing study and abstraction of the visual exchanges and ongoing dialogues that live and evolve among us. His most recent work is being created with direct reference to the concepts of (meaningful) discomfort, spiritual purging/cleansing, and absolution.
Archee Rhodes is an artists who came up in Rhode Island's graffiti culture in the early 2000's. For many years he only viewed himself as a vandal and resisted the traditional art world. However, over the past few years he has expanded his vision and began to accept and experiment with different styles, mediums, and techniques
Originally from Queens, NY and the son of Dominican immigrants, Izzy is a street photographer based in Providence, RI. He draws inspiration from his love of comic books and classic cartoons to fuel his creative energy towards capturing the energy and spirit of the environment around him. His primary approach to street photography is to take ordinary moments in life and create something extraordinary.
Savaree “Sav” Hazard-Chaney is a 401 based self-taught artist. She explores culture, community and design through a series of mediums that allow her to explore and grow. Sav is currently taking the textile and fiber world by storm with her expressions of nostalgia, blackness and experiences through the art of tufting. Sav wants to challenge what it means to be a creative in “the creative capital”. What it means to be and feel supported in spaces in this city, taking up space with the identities we hold.
Callum Sharkey is a street photographer from Providence, Rhode Island. He believes there is a poetry to all things and aims to show this through his photos. Every person and every moment has a story to tell, and Callum hopes his photos will tell at least part of that story.
stay silent is a New England-based creative agency and platform. Since launching in 2012, stay silent has been a defining voice of New England's Hip Hop and communities of color through their events, multi-media content, and products.
I am a photographer from Providence, RI who has been documenting the city since 1999. Photography plays a meaningful role in my life and I enjoy capturing it all -from simple to complicated.
Rhode Island-based visual artist, Nyree Sylvia combines her love for both fashion and photography. Working towards her bachelor's degree in art at the University of Rhode Island. Through her lens, Nyree focuses our intention on cultural experiences, streetwear, and intersectionality.
Working in acrylics and spray-paint on stretched canvases, Rhode Island-based Abstract Artist and Creative Director, Paige Huggon's pieces document art through self-expression, music, and the elements of nature. With her love for fashion, Paige uses her work to create exclusive collections and unique accessories.
Elijah Trice is a contemporary artist and architectural designer, born and raised in Baltimore, MD. Trice was born into a family of skillful artists, photographers, and musicians. During his second year of graduate school, he decided to pursue his oil painting practice full-time, creating a bridge between his architectural and art education background.
I am Rachel Turner, a photographer, educator, and Providence native. I use film as a medium to take my photos. Film allows me to slow down, and connect with my environment. I use my photography and the editing process to communicate a feeling of wanderlust, and beauty in the everyday.
Jared Winslow is a Street Photographer based out of Providence, Rhode Island, who is captivated by scenes of life. Walking with his camera has been his favorite way to escape, reconnect, and express himself. It’s a form of therapy. Providence holds a special place in his heart, being the place where he found not only this passion for photography, but also his creative voice. It’s been his favorite subject to photograph over the last few years, with its beautiful architecture, eclectic personality, atmosphere, and charm.
Margery Fischer Winter
Margery Fischer Winter is a former editor-in-chief of Vogue Knitting Magazine, Family Circle Knitting, Verena USA, fashion editor of McCalls Needlework and Crafts/ABC, Creative Director for several domestic and international handknitting yarns labels, including, Berroco, Adrienne Vittadini, Reynolds, Unger, Filatura Di Crosa. She is a graduate of RISD. Since retirement, Margery has been working exclusively in her studio, in the Jewelry District, using and repurposing materials she has accumulated during her commercial career.
Public artist, YSANEL, grew up in the South Side of Providence, deeply rooted in creative culture and Dominican heritage. The common denominator in her array of mediums is a passion for healing herself, people, and spaces through public art and installations.