Denae Howard


Nae Howard is a Brooklyn native who is a recent MFA graduate from CalARTS. She strives to make engaging imagery that capture instances of the American Black experience. As an interdisciplinary artist, her practice examines constructs of society’s views of beauty and politics in regard to the surface tensions ofAmerica within media. Her work explores the revitalization and ownership of black culture by black people. She studies colors established by pop-cultural icons in new media, reflexive ideologies in photographic portraiture, and visual disparities as a result of systemic racism, classism and gender binaries. Employing a strong background in printmaking and graphic design, her work critiques the politics of skin. Understanding the power of images, she creates paintings, collages, music and animated Gif.s that evoke notions of conscious and unconscious concepts conceived through racist views that allow alternative narratives of blackness. Nae’s work illustrates all factors of the“cool” and societies consumer behavior of blackness. Her recent “Consume Us”series questions the importance of imagery in a social context and the notions of significant images such as “pop icons” in mass culture.

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