Ashanté Kindle

Ashanté Kindle is a current MFA candidate at The University of Connecticut. She received her BFA from Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, TN. She has exhibited at FALSE FLAG (New York), Red Arrow Gallery (Tennessee), and Center on Contemporary Art (Washington) among others. Her practice exists as a form of personal healing as she creates with a desire to celebrate the history and beauty of Blackness. She finds inspiration in the s-curl waves that form in Black hair through wetting and different styling techniques like finger waves and consistent brushing. Through the use of mark making in drawing, painting and sculpting, the marks transform into abstracted wave forms that resemble the natural textures that occur in Black hair. With a focus on process, the repetition of these marks over time function as a form of labor in relation to her practice, the body, emotions, occupying spaces, and many other things. The process of creating becomes as important as the final piece as transformation begins to occur and each repeated mark begins to represent the echo of a soft whisper or a frenzied scream of emotion.

Transformation tends to hide what was once there but can not deny its existence.

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