Josh Scott A&M1

I once was a zombie.

Maybe not technically, but pretty close. I was cognitively impaired, groaned a lot, had no short-term memory, and shuffled from room to room in a half-awake trance. I was still human, kinda, but an undiagnosed neuropathy (nerve damage) in my legs was robbing me of deep sleep, turning me into a  “zombiefied” version of myself. As my family searched for answers, I started painting again. 

That’s when the lasercats were born. 

I make them now for a few reasons. The first is a simple desire to infuse levity & humor into a complex and chaotic world. The second is distraction. The new creative process I discovered during this time allows me to be positively distracted from pain. I use large rolls of transparencies 10 feet at a time, flicking, stroking, spraying, scraping, dripping and pouring paint as I move around the large surface. With my art school & interactive design training, I incorporate traditional painting, as well as digital into the mix, layering them into my mixed-media art sandwich. It’s the hybrid marriage of mark-making skills, along with my personal art therapy, that interests me most about this process moving forward. The themes I am exploring in the work include levity in chaos, information overload, empowerment, the pros and cons of technology, and the augmentation of the organic.

In case you are wondering, we solved the zombie riddle. My neuropathy is under control and I am human again for the first time in years.  100%

Jamea Richmond-Edwards, Lifetime Affiliate

Howard University- MFA Painting Spring 2012 Jackson State University – School of Liberal Arts Degree: Bachelor of Art in Art; May 2004
 Magna Cum Laude
 555 Non Profit Gallery and Studios- Detroit, MI. June-August 2012 Art Residency
Tougaloo Art Colony- Tougaloo, MS. July 2003 Art Residency
Solo Exhibitions 2017
Athena Shrugged (2) Long/Sharp Gallery New York, NY April 26 – June 17, 2017
 Mosaic Project Pennsylvania College of Art and Design Lancaster, PA August 23-October 30, 2016
Take Me Away The Southern Gallery Charleston, South Carolina
 The Cost of Making Her Run The N’Namdi Center for Contemporary Art Detroit, MI November 6- January 2, 2016


“AS A YOUNG GIRL, Jamea Richmond-Edwards got lost in the pages of Ebony magazine. She was particularly drawn to the runway images from the Ebony Fashion Fair show. Through the otherworldly photographs of stunning black models styled in wildly imaginative ensembles, she discovered haute couture and envisioned herself as a fashion designer. Years later, she chose visual art over fashion design, but never gave up on her desire to explore the artifice of dressing.

“Those images were very visually affirming for me. It presented black women in a space that I had never seen before,” Richmond-Edwards told me via email………”

Naan Pocen A&M1

Naan is a mixed media artist and jeweler.

Naan Pocen is a multi-media artist born in Jos, Nigeria. Although a trained Journalist, she has spent a good part of her career life as a teacher, a freelance writer, a service coordinator in the Maritime sector and a fashion designer for which she had formal training in Italy. She is a published poet and short story writer.

She belongs to a number of artistic guilds and organizations including the Jos chapter of the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA), International Polymer Clay Association (IPCA), Potomac Fiber Art Guild and Artists and Makers Studios.

Naan is a modern-day Jill of all art; her artistic pursuits are focused on bead art, polymer clay art, sartorial design and creative writing all of which are produced in her home studio. Naan currently resides in Maryland USA with her teenage daughter.

Syreeta Herbert A&M1

Fashion should always SPEAK SANS SPEECH!

Syreeta C | Fashion is an edgy, yet sophisticated brand that specializes in couturier services. It was created to tell the story of the modern woman – bringing a renewed tailored attention to the expression of each distinctive wearer. Syreeta C: An appreciation of engineering is visible in my knack for quality construction, tailoring, and keen eye. Self­ expression drives my custom design production. Take the metaphor: the wearer as the messenger and fashion as the medium, for we all have a story to be told. Fashion tells an individual’s unique story ­ where you’re from, where you’re going, your culture, your ideals… who you are. It has the ability to break barriers ­ language and otherwise ­and communicate more accurately than the most colorful of words. I love being the translator for my custom clientele.

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