Theresa Chromati's colourful paintings explore the duality of black womanhood
Portraiture exploring the duality of black womanhood is a constant theme in Theresa Chromati’s painting, installations, sculptures, illustration and performance.
Influenced by the range of emotions that encourage women to embrace both the "visible and felt aspects of the self", she infuses these narratives with painted loops and archways as "passages to multiple dimensions of self and space".
Now you can view her latest works at her debut solo show, Running in Place and Sometimes Walking: At Times I Feel Loved and Paralyzed, at New York's Kravets Wehby Gallery until 22 June.
"A central figure, often Chromati herself, appears divided, negotiating the present between omniscient futures and committed pasts. The varying surface textures both painted and collaged, glittered and flat, portray a wide range of emotions for all to accept and embrace. Each portrait becomes somewhat of a treasure hunt in the exploration of various motifs, such as her use of scrotum flowers and butterflies, which signify her journey to attain ultimate self-power, freedom, and understanding," reads the gallery statement.
Born in 1992, Theresa Chromati is a Guyanese American artist from Baltimore, currently living in Brooklyn, New York. She received her BFA in Graphic Design from the Pratt Institute in 2014. Her works have most recently been exhibited in Punch, curated by Nina Chanel Abney at Jeffrey Deitch, Kravets Wehby Gallery, Untitled Art Fair, Harpers Books, and Outpost Artist Resources.
The artist’s most recent collaborations include HBO’s Random Acts of Flyness, HBO’s Insecure, Spotify for Black Girl Magic playlist, Sony RCA, and Studio Museum Magazine. Discover more on Instagram.