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Oreka A. James

BFA 2016 (Drawing and Painting Medal Winner)


Acrylic on wood panel, 2015, 24”w x 36”h x 1”d

As someone who has multiple identities, I find it difficult to navigate through the world around me. I use elements of narration to find answers and explore the dualities of existence, examining the different ways identity can be shaped. I deconstruct the body, creating figures that roam in alternate worlds. Understanding that the body is a construction of race, class and gender, I use it to redirect the gaze made by society, allowing the body to communicate a language of its own. By removing her head and elongating her neck, she is able to exist anonymously while deconstructing binaries.


Oreka A. James - Untitled

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