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J. Renee

Artist Statement

The new artwork and installations created by J.Renee are a combination of the old reverse glass style of paintings with added objects, found materials, fabrics, and vintage collectibles that are added to her works in order to create stories about her ancestral family, inspirational images from photos, and African American stories and history. The installations capture the old belief that the objects that our ancestors possessed, used, and cherished have the capacity to be charged with their energy. The things exude nostalgia for a time of the past when the strength of character and perseverance resigned amongst people of color. Their stories portray love, culture, tragedy, and triumph, with strong statements about family, values, and legacies that will not die easily. They are a part of the series Why Are There No Black Angels and Below The Bottle Trees. J.Renee became inspired to create these series by the old Latin song, Angelitos Negros.

Artist Bio

JRenée (New Orleans, La.) practices the technique of reverse glass painting. She has had solo exhibitions at Ponder Art Gallery at Benedict College in Columbia, S.C., and the McKenna Museum of African – American Art and the International House Hotel, both in New Orleans. Her paintings have been in group exhibitions in New York City; Charleston, S.C.; Washington, DC, and New Orleans.  She was featured in several Haitian exhibits at the United Nations, MoCADA Museum, CCCADA Art Institute all in New York. JRenée’s work is in the collections of the Southern University of Louisiana in Baton Rouge;  the  W. E. B.  DuBois Museum in Ghana; and the McKenna Museum of African – American Art. She holds a BFA from Xavier University of Louisiana, New Orleans. JRenée currently lives in South Carolina, where she was a part of the SC Biennial 2011 at the Contemporary Center of the Arts. She was nominated to participate in a juried exhibition for ArtsField this April 2013 in Lake City,South Carolina.

Coming to America

Year: 2023

Medium: Mixed media installation

Exhibition: South Carolina Biennial 2023 Part II

Rock-a-Bye Baby

Year: 2022

Medium: Mixed media installation with reverse painted acrylic on glass

Exhibition: South Carolina Biennial 2023 Part II

Warrior in the Fields

Year: 2021

Medium: Mixed media installation with reverse painted acrylic on glass

Exhibition: South Carolina Biennial 2023 Part II