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Sometimes, I Live in a Shell – Yasmin Nicholas

19th - 27th August 2023
Private View: 18th August

Metroland Studios
91 Kilburn Square

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‘Sometimes, I Live In A Shell’ is a mixed media project by artist Yasmin Nicholas. It delves into the complexities of black womanhood through a collection of diary entries.

The project uses a range of mediums including poetry, painting, photography, and film. It explores themes such as chronic illness (PCOS), depression, identity, femininity, and self-care.

The work offers a nuanced and personal portrayal of the black female experience. It reflects both the struggles and joys of navigating a world that often fails to understand – or appreciate – the perspectives of black women.

‘Sometimes, I Live In A Shell’ is a powerful testament to the resilience (and vulnerability) of black women.

Private view: 18th August. Book your free ticket here.

Painting of a shell in earthy colours with the arm and leg of a black woman reaching out from inside

Yasmin adds:

“This series explores the syndrome. It is represented through the shells/clams having a string-of-pearls appearance. The lack of information and medical treatment related to this condition in the healthcare system is the main focus of my work.

I have created a number of paintings, on different sizes canvases, to highlight the condition’s suffering. I want to raise awareness about PCOS and the need for better medical attention.”

About Yasmin Nicholas

Yasmin Nicholas (b.1994) is a multidisciplinary artist, poet and filmmaker. Nicholas works in mixed media including poetry, film, photography and painting. Drawing attention to particular experiences of black womanhood, identity and Caribbean culture, which she feels can be elaborated on any type of medium.

With major influence from her Dominican grandparents, she fuses the presence and culture of her ancestors into a central character within her work. Yasmin is a resident at Metroland Studios.

Find out more about the artist on her website.

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