As part of her first public mural, incredibly talented artist, Kenturah Davis made a drawing of my portrait at Alliance Française in Accra.  In her words,

"The drawing is of four different women, living in Accra. The text used to render the image is an Audre Lorde quote, “I am deliberate and afraid of nothing.”

I am facing so many obstacles with getting the Rex Cinema off the ground in Ghana.  Reviving the Rex is part of a larger vision to stimulate a creative culture that appreciates Ghanaian perspectives and fosters cultural exchange.

Interview: http://africasacountry.com/reimagining-ghanas-cinemaspace/

Kenturah’s drawing at one of Ghana’s leading cultural institutions gives me so much hope.  Despite the challenges, I believe the Rex as Ghana’s own cinema space will soon come into fruition


Kenturah Davis stamped drawings, on top “mother mother" 2008, below is "Self Portrait" 2010.  If your in the LA area and you have never seen Kenturah’s well crafted flawlessly executed drawings do yourself a favor and visit the gallery while both of these are on view now! Bonus prize for all the art lovers is that you can see her work in 2 places this month, visit us than visit Occidental College where she is in there alumni exhibition and she has a spectacular wall drawing up commissioned by the college.



Regarding space, time and performative acts:

The Sonder exhibition represents the synthesis of my pursuits to work more sculpturally and engage time and space in the work. I have embraced the idea of making these text portraits as performative acts. The process of writing a text in repetition over time is a metaphor for the ways that we accumulate information. A pivotal moment that prompted a deeper examination of this idea was during the process of creating my first large-scale drawing installation in 2011. After rendering the portrait with a hand-written text, I destroyed the drawing at the close of the exhibition in front of an audience. This experienced directed me toward making another large scale work that physically engaged an audience in the making/completion of a drawing.

Sonder became a work that not only engaged the audience, but transitioned people into being participants that become a part of the work. The large installation is composed of three layers of translucent textiles, suspended from the ceiling, several feet apart from one another. The transparency of the material allows the viewer to see through parts of the first panel, into the second, while the distance between them allows the viewer to traverse inside the installation. The images are in a constant state of flux as people move about the space and in between the panels. It is also designed to iterate the very definition of the word sonder and its emphasis on noticing strangers.

If you’re in LA visit @kenturah exhibition of handwritten drawings @papillionart in Leimert Park. So honored to be up on those walls as a subject of her amazing work. My hairs look fierce darling! @kenturah :) REPOST: “Install nearly done 💃💃💃 it takes a village to raise a gallery #wedone #finally #art #leimertpark #kenturah #leimertparkrenaissance


Regarding the QR code:

After deciding to draw the second panel with binary code, I knew that a third panel should be an extension of the first two panels that pushed the content of the work into another form to convey information. After converting the original text of the first panel to binary code on the second panel, it made sense to complete the piece by making a final conversion for a third panel. I chose to use a Quick Response code, a matrix barcode, because it technologically relies on the binary system to pass information through cyberspace. QR codes can be scanned by a mobile devices to link someone to a website. So, I set up this website whose purpose would be to show documentation about the creation of the Sonder exhibit. I then generated a QR code for the URL of the website and ordered a rubber stamp customized with the code. As a result I was able to draw the last panel with a stamp that engages technology in a self-reflexive look at the content of the work, by linking the viewer to this microsite with ongoing documentation about the project (momentsofsonder.tumblr.com).

Watch on elmammouinspiration.tumblr.com

sonder - a time lapse video

一座大山 (yī zuò dà shān) (a big mountain)

acrylic paint (no support)

This piece is on display at the University City Art Museum of 
Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts in Guangzhou, China as part of the AN AMERICAN WATER MARGIN show curated by Artra Curatorial and Sijia Chen as part of an international exchange with 
the Torrance Art Museum.

The show features work by:

Sijia Chen 
Kenturah Davis 
Durden & Ray 
Mark Dutcher 
Jay Erker 
Roni Feldman 
Jon Flack 
Kio Griffith 
Luis G Hernandez 
Ben Jackel 
Kiel Johnson 
William Kaminski 
Marcos Lutyens 
Claudia Parducci 
Max Presneill 
Christopher Russell 
Theodore Svenningsen 
Grant Vetter 
Steven Wolkoff

The show opens tomorrow.  For more info: https://www.facebook.com/events/520827554715451

The #SONDER project continues in Paris…Kenturah is documenting these sonder moments and exchanges photographs with the subjects. The SONDER project started in Los Angeles and has branched out globally. Last spring she toured Vietnam archiving SONDER moments and now doing the same in France. #art #paris #losangeles #kenturah #publicart #france (at Porte de Clignancourt)

Discovered this artist @kenturah today at @papillionart Gallery in Leimert Park! This was all fine with words! Guys she’s amazing, you have to go check Kenturah out & Papillion Art Gallery! 😩🙌💁🙌💕

Congratulations to #Kenturah for being listed as one of 8 emerging artists to watch in the latest issue of Fabrik Magazine 🎉👏👏 the photo listed is a shot of her solo show and site specific installation we did last year at our downtown space. She will be our first exhibition of the fall, a solo show opening August 30!! #art #dtla #LeimertParkRenaissance