On View: March 27 – May 6, 2021
Mehari Sequar Gallery is pleased to announce the upcoming exhibition “I do not come to you as a myth, I come to you as a reality,” by mixed media artist Jamilla Okubo. This unique series will explore themes of agency, spirituality, and belonging. Okubo’s signature patterns also take us on a journey of imagination, inspiration, and vitality through the canvas where the artist reclaims her gaze and asserts narratives that both mimic and defy reality in a complex way.
Okubo’s paintings are layered with gestural strength and symbolism that highlights the active work of Afrofuturism in the daily lives of Black women. The figures throughout the series can be the artist herself or an imaginative figure; regardless, she recreates their identities to tell a larger story through color, shape, and light, at times achieved through recognizable Impressionist brushstrokes. As her sophomore presentation at the Gallery, Jamilla Okubo’s work showcases a visual shift in ownership to explore multiple subjectivities of the artist through her own lens.
About Jamilla Okubo
Born in Clinton, North Carolina in 1993, Okubo moved to Washington, DC at an early age where she currently lives and works. She holds a BFA in Integrated Design from Parsons the New School of Design. Combining figurative painting, pattern/textile design, fashion, and storytelling, she celebrates the Black body in relation to movement, expression, ideology, and culture. Okubo has recently collaborated with Facedbook’s Artist in Residence Program, NASA, singer and songwriter Mickey Guyton, and The Line Hotel on a public art piece.
Okubo’s work is held in public and private collections in Washington, DC, New York, and in the United States Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya.
This event is free and open to the public.
Mehari Sequar Gallery is located at 1402 H Street NE.