Artist Statement

Asha Elana Casey

Artist Statement

Through the use of portraiture and created mixed media objects, Asha Elana Casey has created her own mythological reality that combines the ancient with the new. The portraits center Black women in a variety of roles including God, Spiritual deity, and Priestess. These spiritual entities live in harmony with the Ancestral Spirits whom are masked and adorned in gold raffia and Ankara print. This reality has a limited color palette with Gold and Geometric abstract as its Primary backdrop. Many of the recognizable symbols stem from religious iconography from the Yoruba/Ifa, Akan and Catholic traditions.

Present day-Black American and Pan-African culture in the work is represented in the different subjects, postures of power and the adornment of teeth. When exemplifying power, the paintings or objects gain inspiration from the history of portraiture. The goal of the work is to exemplify the quote from Ntozake Shange, how do we, “Find God in ourselves and love her fiercely?”

Biography

Asha Elana Casey (born April 30, 1994) is a contemporary painter, mixed media artist, and arts educator. She began her artistic training at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington, DC. Casey is a graduate of the Corcoran School of Art and Design at George Washington University and an Anderson’s Ranch residency recipient. She currently lives and works in DC.