Black History Month
Celebrating Black artists at Swarthmore
Celine Aziza Kaldas Anderson
I call these two paintings "Hiroglifiks." They draw on Pharaonic aesthetics to depict my life as a contemporary, Black and Egyptian-American woman who stays at home. I draw on clutter and nuts to create a language of symbols that can overlay the background story. This process has raised new questions about gender, hierarchy and materialism as I consider what are the objects that to me, in 2020, are worth painting.
Philippe Samuel Kame
These photographs were taken as part of my Photo I class with Professor Ron Tarver. As an Architectural Studies major, I am naturally attracted to spaces and structures. Throughout the semester, I thus tried to explore these through the lens of my camera this time, rather than pencil sketches as I have been trained to. I find such an exercise always rewarding, as it requires careful analysis of the surrounding environment which exposes me to perspectives or details I never saw before. However, that semester, I was also enrolled in Professor Brian Goldstein's Race, Space, and Architecture, which for the first time introduced me to a scholarly understanding of the ways in which society and architecture commingle and influence each other. Thus, beyond the experimentation with analogous photography techniques, these photographs have been a way for me to study architecture through another field of work, gaining a broader understanding of architecture beyond its convention
I don't create art nearly as often as I should. My work, if you can even call it that, mostly centers around images of Black people. I mostly make art for myself, and for my mother (my biggest supporter). My medium of choice is oil on canvas, but I enjoy drawing and occasionally attempt to create with watercolor.