Mind Form

May 16-30, 2020

        Ann Walsh
        Ashton S. Phillips
        Carolyn Forrester
        Colleen Harkins
        Ella Snow
        Gizem Oktay
        Katty Huertas
        Peishan Huang
        Sarabel Santos-Negrón
        Stephanie Garon
        Taraneh Mosadegh


May 1-15, 2020

        Ben Paljor Chatag
        Bingyi Liu
        Ian Miyamura
        Jaejoon Jang
        Lehna Huie
        Seungtack Lim       
        Sun Woo Jung
        Thiang Uk
        Tianran Qu
        Tinglan Huang
        Vian Nguyen
        YunKyoung Cho


Lehna Huie

MFA in the Hoffberger, 2021
︎ Lhuie@mica.edu
︎ store.lehnahuie.com

Lehna Huie is a multi-disciplinary artist and cultural worker, of Jamaican descent, born in 1988 and raised in New York City. Huie’s practice explores personal reflections of the delicate relationships among self, family history and aesthetics of Blackness in its vastness, addressing multiple planes of existence in the physical, socio-political and spiritual realms. Huie’s practice weaves together personal narratives of city life, with Pan African and Caribbean cultural imageries.

Huie’s work concentrates on non-linear time and remembrance, highlighting communications with her departed relatives and ancestral guides who are honored in her “living altar” environments. These environments include the medium of space as a vehicle to create dream-like installations and the medium of paintings ranging in shape and scale. Her tapestry-like paintings are made up of tactile mural scraps, bright and patterned paint skins, cut up paintings and embedded found objects. Layered with diverse materials: paint, plaster, sawdust, bottles and beads, Huies work brings forth a symphony of moods through exploring the poetics of space and dimension.

By inviting the viewer into these installations, Huie hopes to challenge the viewers' existing perceptions of what the form of painting should and can be. Her work pulls from research and storytelling methods in conjunction with migration themes of global freedom struggles, deities and sacred texts. She uplifts stories of Black life using remixed episodes of Black history and cosmologies as a means to explore universal connections in the African Diaspora.

Collaboration and community are key components in Huie’s practice. She co-creates with the community to amplify marginalized voices. She contrasts the self interior/exterior constructions through repeated layering of representational and abstracted images as a vessel to elevate marginalized voices.

Alternative home, iconography and culturally referential textile patterns create a hieroglyphic-like offering representing the past, present and future.

Burial Ground, 2019
Clay and Palm leaves

All is Well (detail of home altar installation), 2020
(pictured) Mask, candles, flowers, fruit, palms, windows, fabric
(not pictured) Paintings, Projections of Family Archive, Dinnerware, Wooden Chest, Glassware

All is Well was an installation I did in my home. It honors my relatives way of celebrating one another through family traditions. In life, we honor our ancestors and the living in the same way. This piece reflects our Jamaican heritage and the influence of spirituality in our daily lives and rituals. It represents the fragility and beauty of a memory and how quickly it can fade and shatter with interpersonal differences yet still, the fabric of our lives are woven together to make a beautiful and complicated story. The spiritual realm hovers over the physical and there is communication between myself and my guides. Through setting an intention and build up of objects and offerings that have meaning. Glasses, bottles, fruits and plants.

Black Moon, 2019
Walnut and India ink on yupo paper