Currently on view
Ancestors, rituals, and contemporary practice are the core inspiration of Asha Elena Casey and Lionel Frazier White’s artistic works. Down In My Soul: Ancestors, Rituals, and Contemporary Practice, a group show from Capital-based duo Casey and White, explores the multilayered history of Black spirituality. Lionel utilizes mixed media paint, installation, and video to speak specifically about the enduring legacies of the African cultural practices in the Black American experience. Asha approaches the topic using mixed media portraiture. Her images are imagined retellings of her journey to becoming a devotee to Ifa and the godliness of Black subjects.
Asha Elana Casey is a mixed media painter living and working in Mount Rainier, Maryland. She earned her BFA from The Corcoran School of Art at the George Washington University. Her work has been covered by the Washington Post, The City Paper, NBC and Brightest Young Things. Lionel Frazier White is a Washington D.C native, arts educator, and interdisciplinary conceptual artist who works in painting, drawing, wood sculpture, installation, and mixed media collage. White’s work explores themes of forced and coerced labor and its effect on family pathology, erasure, displacement, reassertion, and gentrification.
Down In My Soul: Ancestors, Rituals, and Contemporary Practice opens on January 22, 2021,