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Congress Heights Arts & Culture Center Presents Kaneisha Brightwell Instinct

Photo courtesy of CHACC.

Photo courtesy of CHACC.

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On vie through Friday, August 19

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Join Congress Heights Arts & Culture Center as they welcome local artist Kaneisha Brightwell and present a solo exhibition, Instinct. Expect exciting paintings and unique artwear. Instinct will be on display until August 19th.

A Statement from the Artist:
Instinct, (n.) a way of behaving, thinking, or feeling that is not learned: a natural desire or tendency that makes you want to act in a particular way. For as long as I can remember all I have wanted to do is create, whether it is in the realm of art, design, or clothing. I use my art to express my thoughts as well as my emotions mainly through line and color. There have been times where I could not afford to buy canvas, which did not deter me but inspired me to create on other platforms. I will paint anything I can get my hands on, and since then I have created pieces on clothing, fabric, wood, walls, shoes, glass, and more. I can still remember my mother reminding me that the walls in our home were off limits. As I paint I try to provoke the idea of perspective; the idea of what you see or feel may not be what another will experience. Embracing the idea of a viewpoint, some of my pieces alter as you look at them at different positions. I am in the process of combining both forms of art to convey a message of balance of the space and the individual when I create within my Fine Art and Fashion Design background.

Artist Bio:
Kaneisha Brightwell is an artist and designer in the DMV area specifically residing in Waldorf, MD. Growing up as a child in a military family, she moved around frequently. Since it was difficult to maintain long-term friends she found herself drawing and creating with her father. Eventually her family moved to Germany where she developed a love for the environment; admiring the balance, color and harmony within the space. Kaneisha then began to turn towards art as a way to communicate ideas and express built up emotions when her father handed-down his art set to her. In 2004, Kaneisha moved back to the States and had to adjust to the unfamiliar atmosphere while still embracing the European culture. After high school she attended the University of Cincinnati at which she studied Fashion Design and Fine Arts. While studying at the university she explored new ideas and even studied abroad in the Lazio region of Italy. During the abroad trip she was able to explore painting techniques as well as reconnect with the balance of the land between the space and mankind. This upcoming fall, Kaneisha plans on continuing her studies at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York.

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