Genesis Tramaine, With Grace’ from the series Birthing Self – I surrender to the vision that I don’t see. The one God has for me. SELF Portrait Series, 2018, oil pastels, acrylic, and paint stick, courtesy of the artist
Thursday, October 18th from 5 to 7 p.m., with an artist talk at 5:30 p.m.
Genesis Tramaine: I SURRENDER: Letter of faith, includes 5 Devotional self portrait paintings Which are Offerings of gratitude :: to my guiding fe:male spirits presents a selection of recent works by Genesis Tramaine. Born in Brooklyn, New York, Tramaine is a highly motivated, self-identified Black- Queer- Female- bodied Urban Expressionist and Educator. She creates abstract portraits of men and women who transcend gender, color, and social structures as political or representative. Through a mixture of collage, acrylic, and oil based mediums, Tramaine’s portraits are layer upon layer of real moments and imagined metaphors. She explores ethics and insanity, the mundane and the inhumane, spirituality, and sexuality. The artist digests the everyday experiences of living and serving in disenfranchised communities and regurgitates it as work that evokes déjà vu, beckoning memories of past lives and glimpses of undiscovered futures.
I SURRENDER is the culmination of Tramaine’s six-month residency at the Paul Robeson Galleries at Express Newark. The Artist-in-Residence is selected by a jury of art professionals and receives a stipend and free studio located in the former Hahne and Co. Department Store. During their six-month tenure, the artist is an active member of the dynamic community of Express Newark and Rutgers University – Newark.