Opening Reception: Friday, January 8 from 6pm to 9pm
Congress Heights Arts & Culture Center introduces Malia Kai and host an opening reception for her exhibit, This Pulse of Life: In Four Movements. Through her art, Malia will delve into different times of her life providing a relatable experience of fight and victory. Along with her transparent and intimate exhibit, opening night there will be poetry recitation, to include one that inspired the exhibition name, as well as live music selections from Afi SoulSinger. The exhibit will be on display the entire month of January.
A Statement from the Artist:
My work offers cathartic healing for me, and hopefully by extension, for those who experience my work. Through color, texture, and form, I share my internal journey, inviting the viewer to share in it with me. While most of my paintings focus on faith, femininity, and fertility, the personal becomes universal when images of struggle and triumph emerge in my work. The name of this exhibition, “This Pulse of Life” is inspired by a poem that my mother wrote and dedicated to me at age 7. The “In Four Movements” subtitle refers to my four decades on this spinning rock, with January being my birth month. This body of work is dedicated to my seeds and angels*, Khari, Anika* and Ayyub*.
Malia Kai is a native of Detroit, who called the Washington Metropolitan area “home” for over two decades before recently relocating to her hometown. Her acrylic and mixed media works celebrate the miracle of life, femininity, family, and faith. Her experience as an artist and educator have afforded her the opportunities to present professional development workshops for adults and hands-on workshops for youth across the DMV region. She received the Washington Post Grants in Arts Award for “Nature as Artistic Medium” in collaboration with eco-artist Elizabeth Wyrsch. Malia Kai has been a participating artist on local DC public art projects, including the Healing the Walls Mural Project of Children’s National Medical Center, Eric B. Ricks’ mural on the exterior of Ben’s Next Door, and Al Smith’s Community Rhythms Mural inside of the U Street-Cardozo Metro Station on the green line (13th Street entrance). She enjoys collaborating to support children’s book illustration projects in addition to providing art and interior consultations for residential and commercial properties. Her work is has been a part of individual as well as public collections including the City of Detroit and recording artist, Janelle Monáe.
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