interdisciplinary artist

Process and Prayer

108 Death Masks: A Communal Prayer for Peace and Justice

108 Death Masks is a large scale sculptural installation centered on the living experience of shared wound.

This expansive work contains 108 individually sculpted and hand-carved ceramic death masks. Each face is sculpted from a single leather-hard clay slab that has been meticulously textured and pressed to the size and shape of my own skull. This blank face is then carved in detail to reveal the individual humanity of each form. They are hung at eye-level and span 90ft in a continuous line across the space

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Nikesha Breeze
Archival Portraiture: The Reclamation of the Black American Image

"[Two African American boys, full-length portrait facing front]", is the first in a series of works entitled: Archival Portraiture: The Reclamation of the Black American Image. Sourcing from the earliest know photographic images of African American people in the United States, these paintings seek to reclaim the black image from the archives of American history. By creating full scale oil paintings of unknown, unnamed and often enslaved African Americans in the manner of a presidential portrait, these archival images and the people that inhabit them take on a new life, one of long deserved dignity, honor and respect.

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Nikesha Breeze
Within This Skin: New Oil Paintings

…Working in layers and layers of oil paint, dry pigments, ink, gesso and waxes, the surface builds, cracking and breaking apart, flowing along small veins and rivers, building a landscape that is as endless as the black souls that will inhabit the painting….

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Nikesha Breeze