ASHANTÉ KINDLE Representation Website
Nashville, TN | Mixed Media
Ashanté Kindle began her introduction into art through her love of photography as a child in Clarksville, TN. During her time at Austin Peay State University, where she received her BFA, she expanded her practice in search of new ways to materialize her artistic visions. As a multi-disciplinary artist, her practice functions as a form of personal healing as she creates with a desire to celebrate the history and beauty of Blackness. She finds inspiration in the textures of Black hair and creates abstracted waveforms through durational mark-making with a focus on process and labor. She currently resides in Mansfield, Connecticut as a current MFA candidate at The University of Connecticut.
My practice exists as a form of personal healing as I create with a desire to celebrate the history and beauty of Blackness. I find inspiration in the s-curl waves that form in Black hair through wetting and different styling techniques like finger waves and daily brushing. Through the use of durational mark-making in drawing, painting, and sculpting, the marks transform into abstracted waveforms that resemble the natural textures that occur in Black hair. I approach repetition as a form of labor in relation to the body, emotions, and occupying spaces. The process of creating becomes as important as the final piece as these durational marks begin to represent the echo of a soft whisper or a frenzied scream of emotion. Transformation tends to hide what was once there but can not deny its existence.