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Congress Heights Arts & Culture Center Presents Asha Elana Casey Spirit Rises

Elana Casey, Akua in Gold Space, 2016, oil and mixed media on canvas, 36 x 48. Courtesy of CHACC.

Elana Casey, Akua in Gold Space, 2016, oil and mixed media on canvas, 36 x 48. Courtesy of CHACC.

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Opening Reception: Friday, February 3 from 6pm to 9pm

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Join Congress Heights Arts & Culture Center Friday, February 3, 2017 from 6pm to 9pm as they introduce Ward 7 resident Elana Casey with the opening reception of Spirit Rises, her first solo exhibition. The art will be on display and available for purchase for the entire month of February.

Artist Statement:
“There is a dark place within where hidden and growing our true spirit rises” Asha Elana Casey, painter and mixed media artist presents works that explore the tranquility of pattern making, emotionality and spirituality of color, and power of the black woman form. “Spirit Rises” exemplifies the spiritual spaces innate in every human being and the physical manifestations of transcendence. Each space the subject occupies is unique to their energy and their social surroundings. Gold and yellow ochre respond socially and culturally to Eastern and Western spiritual philosophies and the concept of God, martyr, and icon.

Asha Elana Casey creates work to empower, elevate, and heal the trauma that comes with existing as a Black woman in America. This imagery presents itself as powerful postures, piercing glares, and raised scars on the black woman’s body. All aspects of her work respond to the prompt by Ntozake Shange, “I found god in myself and I loved her fiercely.”

Artist Biography:
Asha Elana Casey, born April 30, 1994, is a contemporary mixed media artist.  In her work she uses representational subjects, texture, patterns, and color symbolism to discuss African spirituality, self-preservation, and healing. Casey has been creating and learning about art for the duration of her life. Casey has almost a decade of exhibiting and involvement in the arts. She has been an art educator for 5 years. Elana is a graduate of the Corcoran School of Art and Design at George Washington University. She has been to Anderson’s Ranch expense paid and she has had several exhibitions. Her vision for the future is to create images that empower and heal.

You can follow Elana Casey on Instagram (@elanapaints) or visit her website, www.elanacaseystudio.com.

CHACC is located at 3200 MLK Jr. Ave. SE.