From the west side Seven Mile in Detroit emerged the miraculous beauty that is Jamea Richmond-Edwards. Now residing in the suburbs of DC, this talented artist is inspired by her family, friends, and community. Each of the following portraits tells a story. With a deft hand, Richmond-Edwards crafts figures carved of ebony wood, blanketed in layers of ink, acrylic, fabrics, and a passionate vulnerability.
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When asked what mantra or quote she finds important, she said:
"It's a P. Diddy quote from when he had the Making the Band series on MTV: "While you're asleep, there are 10 other mother f*#ka's trying to take your place!' In other words, cease the moment because there are other equally if not more talented artists such as myself out here really hustling."
JRE spends her days focusing on her three sons and spends her nights working on artwork and watching Black and Sexy TV, a black-owned video streaming site that centers film and TV series featuring people of color.
JRE sites Kerry James Marshall, Romare Bearden, and Alice Neel as several of her artistic influences.
Some sillier questions:
Aliens? "Of course! I'm obsessed with them :)"
The above pieces from left to right: "Nothing But the Truth #2," "Ain't Nothing Raggedy About This," and "It Could Be a Sad Story."
The pieces are constructed of ink, acrylic, graphite, rhinestones, and collaged paper on mylar.
Richmond-Edwards's work is currently in two African American art museums: the Charles Wright Museum in her hometown Detroit, and the California African American Museum in Los Angeles.
Stay inspired and follow Jamea Richmond-Edwards on Instagram. @JameaRichmondEdwards