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BIOGRAPHY

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AFRICAN AMERICAN

Dominique began her artistic training at an early age under the close tutelage of her mother, and avid seamstress. Choreography was her first form of artistic expression that she choose. "It is a joy to merge my movement of thought with the movement of my paintbrush, paper and found objects to build texture to create something completely new.”With this background, Dominique‘s work is inspired by the relationship between art, fabric, and dance. 

Her artwork is bursting with different creations from paintings to pieces by means of spoken word. She also involves the combination of art genre to create something not only fresh, but unconventional.

 

Interviewer: Why do you create art?

 

 Dominique: I create to provoke, connect, transcend and empower. I do it in a way that is probably a vain effort to somehow control the world in which I live, recreating/exposing it in a manner that satisfies my sense of what the world should look like and be like. I’m trying to capture the things that I see and feel, as a way of recording their beauty and power and terror, so that I can return to those things and relive them. In that way, I try to have some sense of control in a chaotic world. I want to somehow communicate my sense of the world—that way of understanding, engaging, experiencing the world—to somebody else. I want them to be transported into the world that I have created with art. And so the ultimate aim for me is to create an environment of empathy, something that would allow the miracle of compassion to take place, where human beings can rise out of themselves and extend themselves into others and live within others. That has a tremendous power for the human being. And I know this, because that is what other artist work does to me.

Interviewer: Why is sharing the African American experience so important to you? 

 

Dominique: Storytelling is our roots and wings. No matter who you are or where you come from, the human spirit wants—no, needs—to be validated. While story means so much in every culture and ethnicity, I know that black people, no matter how they got here, are planted in story and shared lived experience. It’s the way we witness. 

 

one of my most favorite quotes is by the late Virginia Hamilton, the author of The People Could Fly—a revered children’s book of African American storytelling—said that storytelling was the first opportunity for black folks to represent themselves as anything other than property. 

Stories, including the razor-edged ones of lynchings and segregation, are the ties that bind us.  There is no question that storytelling for African Americans is a way of saying I am here and I matter.

Over the past decade Dominique has established a lot as an Artist, producing mentally stimulating work. The following pieces in her portfolio are just a scarce number of art pieces that have optimistically made an impact in the art realm.

 

 

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