Somé Louis’ creative practice consists of collection (ephemeral items and natural materials), production (writing, drawing, printing, collage), and curation (arranging/installing works and materials, photographing, and sharing with others). Somé’s work is currently preoccupied with the observation and celebration of small and simple occurrences of everyday life.
During her Fellowship at New City Arts in March 2021, Somé will create journals, collages, drawings, and prints that record mundane personal observations and day to day happenings. While these journals frequently function as an act of centering for the artist, they can also be considered an act of rebellion. As a Black woman whose existence is perpetually debated, scrutinized, and pigenholed into a variety of stereotypes that facilitate white supremacist power structures, Somé is energized by the concept of Black people, comfortably and freely existing and reflecting their simple interests, even for a moment, outside of the multitude of external pressures that aim to fragment their sense of being.
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