THERESA CHROMATI - BROOKLYN, NEW YORK
Theresa Chromati explores black women as opaque idealized figures that embrace the empowerment of women and various body conscious topics. Full figured women adorned with whimsical protective armor such as masks, pussy lips, and protruding keloids reference diversity of self-identity, ownership, body manipulation, and an act of self preservation against appropriation.
Rotating between digital and analogue media, Chromati's environments take place in an alternate universe. Graphic elements reminiscent of checkerboard tiles are placed against grand arches which create a royal backdrop and support for women. Chromati emphasises subtle gestures of intimacy within familial, romantic, and congenial relationships. As well as looking into a spectrum of experiences that exist for women within public and private spaces, exceeding the limitations traditionally imposed on them.
Chromati often pulls references from women she experienced during her adolescent years in Baltimore City by focusing on the various nuances of communication within partnerships and black women as community. She received her BFA from Pratt Institute and is currently based in Brooklyn.