Rising Sun: Artists in an Uncertain America has been extended by popular demand! Learn More
Misty Sol brings a gallery experience that is both playful and thoughtful. In Dynamize The Figure, Sol uses a series of physical and conceptual games to reflect on the the body and the power dynamic between the observer and the observed, while deepening our relationship to the ideas presented in the artworks in Rising Sun: Artists in an Uncertain America.
Misty Sol is a writer, visual artist, and performer from small-town Pennsylvania who creates art that explores Black people’s connections to nature, wellness, and speculation. Her paintings, children’s book illustration, stories, and eco practice are heavily influenced by Black history and aesthetics. Particularly, her grandmother’s history as a migrant farmworker, midwife, and gifted storyteller in early 20th century America. From her grandmother’s tales of dangerous journeys in the racist North and Jim Crow South, to her epic Bible tales and terrifying ghost stories, Misty’s work inherits a sense of narrative, sensuality, magic, timelessness, hope, the bucolic and fecund. But also contained are senseless abstractions, images of stark violence, and the weight of oppression. Ultimately she uses these elements to distill elements of dignity, legacy, humor, and connection. With acrylic color vibrant as her gardens, the gurgle of a stream, a hymn her grandmother used to sing, the smell of sauteed onions, and the coolness of garden soil, she creates a body of work that explores and affirms the nuanced experiences of Black people.
Class size: 20 people. Museum admission is included in the cost of registration.
Friday, October 21, 2023
11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
$20 General Admission – $15 for AAMP and PAFA Members!