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Art In Flux Harlem et La Maison d'Art present "IN HER SKIN: Celebrating Women"

  • La Maison d'Art 259 W 132nd St New York, NY, 10027 United States (map)
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Ten female artists share what it's like to be IN HER SKIN and present the beauty, talent, flawlessness and lovely imperfections of women.  To genuinely celebrate women is for all women to be honored and for each woman to rejoice in her unique self IN HER own SKIN.


Amy Theard "I want to touch the world with what I create and bring a sense of awe and wonder to each person who encounters my work.”

Amy Theard is a Haitian-born artist, based in New York City.  Her deep-rooted love of the arts came about at an early age and she has adopted the phrase “Create to Liberate” as her statement.  During a yearlong stay in her native country of Haiti in 2012, she finally discovered her true love for painting, yet the energy and culture of Harlem has a big influence on her work. She favors many of the influential musicians of the Harlem Renaissance such as Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald, and other prominent artists of color such as Basquiat, Michael Jackson, Ray Charles, Diana Ross, and Erykah Badu.  


Beatrice Lebreton“I aspire to take the viewer on a spiritual journey, to let them marvel, contemplate the images and find part of their own spirit and culture.” 

She is surrounded by God's protection and presence.  Beatrice was born and grew up in France. She graduated from the Ecole Nationale des Beaux Arts in Paris with a MFA and also holds a MA from La Sorbonne University where she was first introduced to traditional West African aesthetics. She finds inspiration in her multicultural heritage and research of African and other ancient cultures.  She makes great use of patterns as they form a system of visual and verbal imagery that hold meanings that the viewer can interpret layer by layer. Her work celebrates womanhood and in particular women of color to bring distinction to the vital roles women contribute to the development of their communities.  Her work has been exhibited at galleries and museums including the Illinois Institute of Art in Chicago, Winston- Salem State University, the African American Museum in Dallas and the Ellen Noel Museum in Odessa, Texas.  In 2002 she was selected in a nationwide search to create a design for the new International Terminal in the Dallas Fort Worth Airport, Texas: the mosaic floor medallion titled “Celebration” commemorates the human spirit and invites travelers to spread harmony all over the world.  Her work has been featured in the American Art Review, the Dallas Morning News, YMIB magazine and the International Review of African American Art among others.  She also appeared on KMPX, Channel 29, The Irving Community Television Network , WFAA TV channel 8 and WABC, Eyewitnesss News.  Beatrice illustrated several children’s books and taught art and art history at various stages of her career.  


Brittani Sensabaugh   “I live in my head a lot and express my inner thoughts through imagery. I document as much as I can so that the individuals without a voice wanting to tell their story can have one through my visuals.

Brittani is a New York based lifestyle photographer originally from Oakland, California. Her overall mission is to document visuals that impact and inspire individuals to be more aware of their surroundings and embrace life moments.   She is addicted to capturing and documenting life moments. 

The main focus of the 222purity series is purity within self and breaking down the inner conditions that society makes us feel and adapt to. It focuses on looking past materialism, and assigning value to activities and people.   The subject in the 222purity portraits feels comfortable in her skin without having to cover up because of a need to fit forced society standards.  The work is intended to show individual reflections and allow others to feel comfortable in their space.  


Capucine Bourcart   “I look at life through a camera, hoping to capture the details that so often escape us and bring our attention to their quiet beauty.”

Originally from Alsace, France, Capucine Bourcart has called Harlem her home for the past eight years. Primarily self-taught in photography, she has refined her skills through classes at the International Center of Photography in New York, where she was also a Teacher’s Assistant. She is fascinated by the details, inspired by her personal interactions, and structures her creative process with visual fragments that she collects in her daily life, travels, and personal relationships. She uses these fragments to create her photographic compositions.


Kennedy Yanko

Kennedy literally commits her body and soul to her art. While most artists use a brush to create, Kennedy uses her body to give life to her paints. By physically immersing herself in the paint...she becomes the paint. Because of her raw energy and strong physique she is able to caress the paint all the while manipulating her medium through a mesmerizing, ritualistic dance between art and artist. To witness the process is an experience that is personal, raw and unabashedly thrilling.


Joi Sanchez, Spoken Word Artist

Joi Sanchez, also known as JeSansChez is a Brooklyn based creator; a black, queer, womyn & mother of two with an eye on changing the world through art. Her poetic performance and visual art has been featured at venues across the country including BB Kings Bar & Grill, Ouchi Gallery, The Wow Cafe Theater, Greenpoint Gallery & Free Candy Gallery. Most recently at The Secret Rose Theater in Los Angeles. She is also the founder & curator of Art Lov[H]er, a co-operative arts organization that holds space to promote, honor, and preserve the work of  women artists through monthly open mic nights at The Living Gallery and collaborative events like this years 1st Annual Femcee Festival.  


Makeba Rainey

Makeba is a Harlem native inspired by her community and fellow emerging visual and musical artists.  She is the founder of Black Capital Coalition (BCC), which promotes both visual and performance artists from Harlem through creative collaborations between artists, businesses, and cultural institutions. BCC directs attention to young Harlem artists by teaming up with other young creatives; videographers, musicians, performing artists,  & writers; to merge audiences and increase the fan-base.  She is the editor of a popular blog also titled Black Capitol Coalition providing a forum for young visual artists, rappers, dj’s and performance artists.  Makeba believes the creative arts are important in empowering youth.  She served on the Executive Board of Speaking in Rhythms, a nonprofit organization that provides youth with an opportunity to engage in a comprehensive music program and promotes the appreciation and creation of music through the use of contemporary and traditional percussion instruments. 


Margaret Rose Vendryes

"The glow of gold over black I achieve using multiple, thin, high-gloss glazes reminds me of the layers of identities Black women performers must subsume in order to succeed.   I often wonder who they really were when out from under the starlight."

Margaret Rose Vendryes received her AB in fine arts from Amherst College, MA in art history from Tulane University, and a second MA and Ph.D. in art history from Princeton University.  She taught at Princeton University and Amherst College before entering the faculty of City University of New York where, as Associate Professor of Art History, she received tenure in 2006. Among several honors, Vendryes held a 2003 American Association of University Women Fellowship and is a former Scholar-in-Residence at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. In 2008, University Press of Mississippi published Vendryes’ book Barthé, A Life in Sculpture, the first comprehensive monograph on the late African American sculptor Richmond Barthé which served as the catalog for the 2010-2011 retrospective she curated at the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art in Biloxi. Vendryes was the curator of Beyond the Blues: Reflections on African America from the Amistad Research Center Fine Arts Collection at New Orleans Museum of Art (2010), the first large-scale exhibition of this seminal collection of work by African American artists and about the African American experience.  In the fall of 2013, Vendryes returned to York College, CUNY as Distinguished Lecturer in Performing and Fine Arts and Director of the York College Fine Arts Gallery.  A Queens, NYC resident, she has a full-time studio practice in addition to teaching, curating exhibitions, and writing.


Marthalicia Matarrita

Marthalicia Matarrita is a Harlem New York city native, raised along with two brothers by parents that hail from the Dominican Republic and Costa Rica. Since the early age of 4 years old, Marthalicia did art at home with her family, especially her brothers Tomas and Jorge who shared their "black book" graffiti art journals and comic books. Encouraged by faith to pursue the art form, Marthalicia entered La Guardia High School of Performance and the Arts, New York City. Upon graduating high school, limited funds discouraged her from entering college, which led her to enlist in the Army National Guard.  Her service helped her enroll in S.U.N.Y. New Paltz, where she received a B.A. in Fine Arts.  In 2005 Marthalicia gave birth to her son. While in the service she continued to build her art resume and further develop her new art journey in Live Art Performance.  Today, Marthalicia has broadened her art experiences to include many different avenues, venues, and opportunities where she builds community with others.


DJ “Rogue The Creative”

Rogue, born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina, began her career as a performing artist at the early age of "Since I Can Remember."  Self-taught English speaker, Rogue is an underground creature of the night. Some of her credits include hosting the world famous Underground Rebel Bingo NYC; numerous theatre productions including RENT (Mimi Marquez) Rocky Horror Picture Show (Dr. Frank N. Furter) and Guys & Dolls (Miss Adelaide) amongst many others.  She is currently the house DJ for the hip hop group Cyph City. Rogue is one of the two personalities of the female-power duo, LethoLogica, starring as a vocalist, producer, and DJ; the band performs all over the NYC area. Rogue, The Creative is also the pioneer of the Arcane Element Society, an underground collective showcasing extraordinary individuals. You may catch Rogue at the scene in various venues from the Gramercy Theatre, to Public Assembly, Irving Plaza, Santos Party House, and many others.

About Art In FLUX (presenting curatorial organization)

Art In FLUX creates opportunity for artists living and/or working in Harlem, brings art into public spaces, creates a positive use for underutilized spaces and stimulates a vibrant neighborhood by merging art, commerce and community.  Art In FLUX Harlem was launched in 2012 and since then has popped up in empty retail spaces, on the streets, in restaurants, schools and lobbies bringing art closer to the community as well as attracting media attention and art collectors to the diverse group of artists in Harlem.  

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