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Magalita Casnada | The Artist

My work references traditional and historical forms; My art reflects the essence of my true self and the truth within me, where women’s narratives occupy a central place. My perspective is unique: I am a woman, a Haitian, an artist, a designer and a business owner. My experience is diversity:  coming from the island.  As two cultures, times and identities collide and merge together, I intend to create a sense of order and disorder, old and new, anxiety and serenity, displacement and settlement, ambiguity and clarity. Through simple, essential techniques and fluid everyday textile materials, painting, I temper the chaos of modern communication by creating pieces that visually articulate my experience as an immigrant. 

My approach is intuitive and is strongly linked to the pleasure derived from the manipulation and transformation of matière. It's a process that makes me pass freely from one practice to another without identifying myself to a particular discipline. Thus, drawing, photography, textile arts , performance, community art and writing are practices that meet and often intertwined with fluidity. 

In my multidisciplinary art practice, the human voice is transformed and invades space, thus becoming object, wall, path or texture; a material for contemplation and reflection at time. Textile or the idea of threading, Photography, weaving, mixing with painting, like the emphasized presence of women, always present in my work.

Visual arts works are directed to gaze. The instrument, light of our perception, that by which we approach the reality of sensible and intuitive manner. Make sense to search and discover my identity, or even my various identities. By creating, I spend a time and space in an another, builds relationships, and do leave traces, facts and passes the memory. Leave arise what is to arise to reveal the intimate. The work shows up and reveals me to the other and thus imprint of what I lived. Like the words of women always present. Although the content of their discourse is not specifically feminist, my process asserts the importance of their existence. Especially for the Kreyol women and her manner of speaking. African women’s utterances take on a predominant place.

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