This week we welcome M. Florine Démosthène. Démosthène was born in the United States and raised in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and New York. 

Her work investigates the Black female body as a central motif which she represents through an almost alchemical process of allowing paint to take its own agency by pouring, pooling, and bleeding areas of color across paper and mylar, a polyester film.

The Inside Out, collage on paper, 2022

She currently has an exhibition, In the Realm of Love, on view at Mariane Ibrahim Gallery in Paris and a show at the embassy of Haiti in Washington, D.C. 

In the Realm of Love is the artist’s first solo exhibition in Europe, on view through April 16. “Across a series of figurative collages and small sculptures, Démosthène traverses a viewer through the kingdom of love.

The One with the Happy Ending, collage on paper, 2022

With this newest series, the artist is interested in how the African concept of love manifests and whether it exists in the confines of what love is now. The work emerges from the artist’s contemplation of conversations she has had while living and working in Ghana.

Yet So Far, collage on canvas, 2022

Démosthène earned her bachelor’s in fine arts from Parsons School for Design in New York and her master’s in fine arts from Hunter College-City University of New York. She has exhibited extensively through group and solo exhibitions in the U.S., Caribbean, UK, Europe and Africa. Her work can be seen at National Museum For African American History and Culture, Africa First Collection, University of South Africa (UNISA), Lowe Museum of Art, Hessler Museum of Art, PFF Collection of African American Art and in various private collections worldwide.

See more of Démosthène’s work on her website and Instagram page.

Nitin is a visual designer, gallery artist, and community arts activist. Past desk-oriented posts include: PBS, Digitas, K12, Inc., Fox News, The Wall Street Journal and Sesame Workshop International....

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