If you thought the #femalepresence was felt in 2017, wait until you hear all about what this year has in store. We’re only 5 days into 2018 and already we are seeing wonderful things from the female community. What a great time to be a GODDESS!
Meet Kamiesha Garbadawala, a Jamaican born Abstract Expressionist artist.
Rather than internalizing her struggles, pains, life experiences and personal traumas, Kamiesha has shared parts of herself with the world in the form of art.
If you were given a blank canvas and told to paint with your emotions, what color would you choose to express anger? Would your strokes be heavy and long when thinking of love? Would your palette be filled with natural colors when feeling nostalgic? Or would your blank canvas be transformed into a beautiful mess, painting with all the colors the world has to offer? That’s what Kamiesha’s work reminds me of. The ability to wear your heart on your sleeve and do so in a way that is true to who you are and how you feel.
Authenticity and Sincerity can be felt in her work.
“Art has allowed me to express myself in a way that I had not been able to through other forms of communication. I am comfortable speaking through my art. So in that sense, I want my children to have the freedom to express their feelings and emotions through whatever outlet they choose, including art. I believe art can be therapeutic both by creating it and by interacting with it, and I hope my art speaks to people in a way that brings comfort.”
Have your Jamaican roots inspired any of your artistic and design work?
“I have been blessed by having the combination of a Jamaican family while being raised in the United States. Being born in Jamaica is a part of who I am, and I am extremely proud to be a part of such a rich culture that has nurtured my spirit. My Jamaican background undoubtedly influenced my work, especially on an emotional level. It has to do with my upbringing and strong work ethic my parents instilled in me along with their encouragement to pursue my dreams. My father always told me that I would be a happy woman, because I do what I love (as a creative/in my career). There’s a wonderful energy to Caribbean culture that is demonstrated by beautiful colors in patois, reggae music and the memories created through these experiences.”
What was the biggest challenge you faced with your first company, Alric Suba?
“There was so much I didn’t know! I was a 25 year-old designing and making my own line of luxury handbags; from sketches, to sourcing materials, to creating samples, all the way to convincing storeowners to carry my product. As much as I loved my work, the pressures of running a business, managing cash-flow, and continuing to develop new product lines, were all new to me, and I didn’t have the knowledge I would have liked.”
“It’s important to seek mentors, ask for advice and understand that there is even opportunity in making mistakes: to learn from them.”
Who is your favorite designer and/or artists?
“I have two favorite Abstract Expressionists artists who have inspired my work, both are part of the “New York School”, Franz Kline and Willem de Kooning, but I also admire and enjoy the work of some of my contemporaries. I recently saw Cecily Brown’s exhibition “A Day! Help! Another Day!” and I was very impressed by her technical ability and masterful use of color. I would also say, my friend James Austin Murray; I love the darkness of his body of work, not in spirit but in its sophistication- and lastly, Anselm Kiefer and Diana Al-Hadid. Their texture and layering techniques are stunning.”
More about Kamiesha
In Dec. 2017, Kamiesha made her first debut at SCOPE during Art Basel in Miami Beach.
Calls NYC home.
Graduated from The Parsons School of Design.
Worked as a designer for Polo Ralph Lauren and Henri Bendel.
Launched her very own line of handbags with Barneys.
Was recently selected to do a solo exhibition in NYC to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
To learn more about Kameisha and her art, follow her on Instagram @kamiesha.garbadawala or visit her website www.kamieshagarbadawala.com
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