Phantasmaphile

Published on December 27, 2017

I've adored Josh Sessoms' work for years now, and his latest drawings have gotten even more mind-blowing. Many of his pieces are vibrant and meticulously detailed homages to African deities, from Egyptian gods to Vodun loas. He writes of the above colored pencil masterpiece, "Damballah is a Vodun Loa of the primordial cosmic mind - both collective and individual. Damballah takes the form of the serpent and is associated with creation, vast primeval waters and rain."

It's speaking to me especially now, at the turn of the year, as we all prepare to shed our skins and slither into our own new creative forms. If this message connects to you, too, I highly recommend listening to "Dambala" from Exuma's exceptional 1970 self-titled album, and/or Nina Simone's powerful cover.

Here's wishing you a blessed shape-shifting for 2018. 

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Supersonic Art: Featured Artist

Published on November 17, 2016

Supersonic Art is an art blog created in 2008 by artist Zach Tutor focusing entirely on international art and artists through their work, interviews and studio visits. It has become a definitive voice in the New Contemporary movement, responsible for showcasing and beginning the careers of many young artists around the world, furthering others and inspiring millions. Supersonic’s sole purpose is to chronicle the School of New Contemporary Art.

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Juxtapoz Magazine

Published on August 31, 2016

"Reviving Collective Memories with Josh Sessoms"

Juxtapoz Featured Artist.

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Black Contemporary Art

Published on July 6, 2016

Black Contemporary Art was created by Kimberly Drew - an art curator who currently works as Social Media Manager and Online Producer at the Metropolitan Museum. Drew has worked with the Studio Museum in Harlem, Hyperallergic and Lehmann Maupin Gallery. She has lectured and participated in panel discussions at the New Museum of Contemporary Art, Art Basel: Miami, Moogfest, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and the Brooklyn Museum.

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Beyond Classically Beautiful

Published on May 1, 2016

"Meet An Artist Who Draws Black Women As Ancient Goddesses"  

by Abi Ishola

Much argument has been made about how ancient Egypt has been depicted as a watered down Europeanized version of its true "melanated" self.

"I want to show the timeless beauty of black women, our people as a collective and the mysterious poetry of the physical form. Our bodies are vessels of a spirit that transcends time and space. I try to encapsulate that into the visuals that I share."

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The Huffington Post

Published on April 1, 2016

"Contemporary Drawings Of Ancient Goddesses Are Literal Black Girl Magic"  

by Priscilla Frank

Acknowledging the lack of representation of black women in both art and portraiture, inside and outside the Western European tradition, Sessoms does his part to fill in the gaps with stunning portraits of modern day babes evoking the presence and powers of iconic ancient queens. 

"The true face of antiquity has been obscured through selectively editing the records of the past. I aspire to reintroduce an African diasporic image of elegance, resilience, strength and intellectual ingenuity into the contemporary lexicon."

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VICE: Creators Project

Published on March 29, 2016

"Artist Depicts Black Female Nudes as Ancient Egyptian Goddesses"

by Antwaun Sargent

I want my images to inspire people to look deeper into where we are in modern times and remind them of the fact that they can draw upon history. A lot of these drawings have scientific references to medicine and healing. I use symbolism because it speaks to the more subtle parts of our nature as human beings."

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Gold Womyn: Muse - Featured Artist

Published on February 25, 2016

Goldwomyn.com was created by owner + blog curator Bilphena Yahwon - a Baltimore based writer + social justice advocate born in Liberia, West Africa and raised in Danané, Côte d'Ivoire.

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