“My passion started from the need to express myself more.” Stacey Gillian Abe, Contemporary Artist

Stacey Gillian Abe is a Multi-disciplinary contemporary artist, whose work highlights the strength and fragility of the female mind. It attempts to critique stereotypical depictions of her as a black woman.

Abe describes herself as reserved, “My passion started from the need to express myself more. I am not an introvert but a bit reserved,” she says.

She found it easier to express her thoughts, document her experiences and put down her imagination through art. It all started with painting and drawing in high school in 2008.

“From that, I grew fond of art as a form of expression. I made a decision to continue with it at university in 2010. A huge part of my practice now revolves around highlighting complex situations as autobiographical documentations of past and continuous experiences. I like creating room for dialogue…”

In her multi-layered glass art, video and performance installations, she has examined the unconscious thought processes to question, highlight and raise awareness on behaviour and character that influence and make up an individual.

Abe has shown her works for various exhibitions including at Institut Français de Kinshasa, Circle Art Agency in Nairobi and the Johannesburg Art Gallery.

One of our favourite quotes from her is “We are spiritual beings assuming humanity.”

Culled from Forbes Woman

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