My name is Lanise Howard. I am interested in the analogous world, hidden histories, and the digital space. My work ranges from portraiture, to large allegorical figurative paintings. The work often lies in- between differing states of being. I aim to create new spaces through paint, where the viewer can become transported. I often think about the analogous world; one which is related to our own, but can be a space of new possibility. In my experience as an African American woman, I find myself thinking of an alternative to that experience, one rooted in the necessity to rewrite history. The idea of change then becomes an element of the work, enacted through the dreamed space. My work often presents hypotheses and tries to offer possible answers, through engagement and inquiry. I am primarily interested in the figure and landscape. Elements of realism and abstraction juxtapose against each other, in order to offer a peak into the in between, beyond what we can usually see. I am ebbing towards this space of the in-between and the analogous, finding ways to help construct it materially.
1 - Reanna’s Gaze, 36”x48”, Oil on Canvas, 2020
2 - Suni, 16”x20”, Oil on Canvas, 2020
3 - Gena, 30”x40”, Oil on Canvas, 2019
4 - Kyn, 36”x48”, Oil on Canvas, 2019
5 - Those birds of paradise, no they not native to this land, 11”x14”, Oil in canvas, 2020
6 - Unto a space of new possibility, 54”x62” Oil on Canvas, 2020