About the Artist
Focusing on the intimacy of human relationship and self-preservation, Yemonja creates a reflection of what some have been forbidden to acknowledge by joining the hands of color in various mediums. Through deconstruction and re-assembly of cut materials, paint and sometimes just ink, she investigates restoration with precision. The multifaceted layers resonate as quiet, and shouted visual conversations, some freely expressed, others that must be “spoken” in whispered tones. The chemistry of colors combined are held together, and even in fracture, everything remains whole. Dr. Yemonja Smalls’ creations in various media have been exhibited in Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry, Harold Washington Library, South Side Community Arts Center, Hill Center, Howard University and the Sojourner Family Peace Center to name a few, and hangs in various collections across the nation.