Artist Statement

2020 has been quite the strange year…. COVID19’s invasion has forced us all globally to alter our daily routines and life drastically. It has affected the economy, business, political and social infrastructures and has revealed varying levels of leadership. In addition to all this, the discovery of me being diagnosed with an autoimmune disease: Lupus, which causes the body to attack itself means that I have been categorized as high-risk during this Pandemic.

 

Within the sudden lockdown, I turned to books and podcasts, took swimming lessons, started meditating and picked up gardening. The Pandemic has given me the time to reflect, reject, and respond to this space. I have learned so much about myself and decided to incorporate my journey through the unpredictable nature of Lupus into my work…imagining Lupus as a space that the Beings are living in and in which they must respond.

 

My journey through Lupus has shaped and navigated my art and performance work in new directions and dimensions, further pushing me to discover more about myself. I am understanding and embracing myself as a humanist, artist, activist, feminist, and a lupus warrior. As a Black Caribbean woman from Barbados, I am both questioning and stating my identity, race, gender, and sexuality openly. Pen and ink drawings with watercolor washes, acrylic paints and spray paint on canvas... I am looking for a narrative which is mirroring the bizarre world I am currently living in.

 

The Pandemic has revealed so much about our human condition. It is a restructuring and acknowledging of the structural positions of race, class, gender, sexuality, and social space. This year 2020 has shown us the importance of healing, understanding, and accepting oneself. It has greatly taught me about the appreciation for and delicacy of life, Self Care, and Self Love.

Sheena Rose

Quick Sand, Dance with me

Acrylic paint, Pen and Ink on Acid-Free Watercolor Paper

2020

9 inches x 12 inches

Introspective, Quick Sand, Play with me

Spray paint, Acrylic paint on Canvas

2020

41 inches x 48 inches

Lampoon, Quick Sand, Dance with me

Spray paint, Acrylic Paint on Canvas

2020

41 inches x 48 inches

Sunflower Seeds

Watercolor Paint, Pen and Ink on Acid-Free Watercolor Paper

2020

9 inches x 12 inches

Longiloquence

Watercolor Paint, Acrylic Paint, Pen and Ink on Acid-Free Watercolor Paper

2020

9 inches x 12 inches

Simpatico

Watercolor paint, Acrylic Paint, Pen and Ink on Acid-Free Watercolor paper

2020

9 inches x 12 inches

Reset

Spray Paint, Pen and Ink on Acid-Free Watercolor Paper

2020

9 inches x 11 inches

Healing

Acrylic Paint, Pen and Ink on Acid-Free Watercolor Paper

2020

9 inches x 12 inches

Humus

Watercolor paint, Acrylic Paint, Pen and Ink on Acid-Free Watercolor paper

2020

9 inches x 12 inches

Urticaria

Watercolor paint, Acrylic Paint, Pen and Ink on Acid-Free Watercolor paper

2020

9 inches x 12 inches

Welter

Pen and Ink on Acid-Free Paper

2020

5.5 inches x 8.5 inches

Mellifluous

Spray Paint, Acrylic Paint on Canvas

2020

 28 inches x 34 inches

Rising

Spray Paint, Acrylic Paint on Canvas

2020

50 inches x 60 inches

He looking like Jesus

Acrylic Paint on Canvas

2020

50 inches x 60 inches

Vehemence

Acrylic Paint on Canvas

2020

40 inches x 40 inches

Falling/Drowning

Watercolor Paint, Pen and Ink on acid free Watercolor Paper

2020

9 inches x 12 inches

Three Legged Man

Watercolor Paint, Pen and Ink on acid-free Watercolor Paper

2020

9 inches x 12 inches

Assuage

Pen and Ink on Acid-Free Paper

2018

9 inches x 12 inches

Quick Sand,Play with me

Pen and Ink on Acid-Free Paper

2020

9 inches x 12 inches

Mapping

Acrylic Paint on Canvas

2020

20 inches x 24 inches

Diagnosis

Spray Paint, Acrylic Paint on Canvas

2020

40 inches x 40 inches

Vitamin D

Spray Paint, Acrylic Paint on Canvas

2020

30 inches x 36 inches

Copyright 2020 by Sheena Rose

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