Image: Contemporary Black Identity: Mouth, Ink on Paper, 2018, 19x24in.
Jaleeca Yancy (September 23, 1990) is a multi-disciplinary artist from Memphis, Tennessee, currently living and working in Brooklyn, NY. Yancy attended Lipscomb University and received a Bachelor of Science in marketing and graphic design. She is a volunteer art teacher in Harlem and guest artist for The Langston Hughes House. She is presently gaining professional experience as a studio apprentice for Rosalyn A. Engelman Art Studio in Midtown Manhattan. Jaleeca Yancy has presented her work in group shows at National Arts Club, Chinatown Soup, Bronx Art Space, Greenpoint Gallery, Square Root in former Pfizer Pharmaceutical factory and House of Words in Brooklyn.
Jaleeca’s emotional approach to her work is an exploration of self, concentrating on themes such as life, African diaspora, and nature. She is passionate about developing aesthetically pleasing art that explores materials and design processes that are not traditional. By combining upcycled elements, nature, illustrations, animation, and performance art, Jaleeca investigates the duality that develops through different interpretations of a subject. She draws inspiration from Kara Elizabeth Walker, Heather Hansen, and Lina Iris Viktor. Jaleeca’s art is ultimately an ode to her ancestors, and an examination of race that questions the perception of the progress of equality.
Contemporary Black Identity
Contemporary black identity is an observation of the juxtaposition of the African diaspora. This work on paper was developed to express the abstract beauty of the black body, mind, and spirituality, despite the economic, political, and social systems that exist to suppress, extort and appropriate the black and brown communities. Contemporary black identity aims to produce enduring works of the imagination to encourage hope and creativity.