Acrylic on Canvas.
DIagnosed with Epidemic Keratoconjunctivitis and in isolation for three weeks, while trying to stay positive amongst pandemic, protest and politics, the " What I felt Then Looks and Sounds Like This" series is an attempt to create work that expresses the ephemeral, the series consists of daily journal entries on losing the ability to see, the loneliness of isolation and the strength gained, paintings, drawings and music compositions created during this time.
"September 19, 2020 Day 5, my vision is beginning to blur, and my eye is almost completely red. There's also hints of yellow and orange, it feels like it's going to explode when I bow my head. Light hurts my eyes, I haven't been outside in 4 days, I need water, I have no appetite, I haven't cooked, I don't want to, I ate 3 Haagen Dazs Vanilla Ice cream bars and I miss the girls so much!."
Mekia Machine Denby is a multidisciplinary visual and sound artist, painter, writer, singer, producer, engineer and music composer who’s performed both locally and internationally with her bands. She was born in Jamaica, migrated to the US as a child with her family, and grew up in Queens, NY. Her art investigates the aesthetic and societal norms through conceptions of time, the senses, memory, and place, specifically in cultures where loss is a substantial part of daily life and addresses the lived experience of conflict and trauma. Mekia was one of the winners of This Art is Your Art, 2016 with Artsy, The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation and the White House Historical Association, for her short film on painting artist Alma Thomas’s portrait. The piece was part of a four-month installation at the White House Historical Society, at the closing of the installation, she was invited to join First Lady Michelle Obama at the Celebration of 20th Century Art in the White House. Mekia graduated May 2019 with a B.A. in visual arts from Columbia University, and is currently practicing and living in Harlem, New York City with her two daughters Taylor and Nola.
Artist's IG: @mekiamachine