“Imaginal Dialogues” art exhibit opens

DSC_0551Kiara Fox | fox00034@rangers.uwp.edu

The series speaks of the artist’s struggle with family

February marks, not only the beginning of a new semester but also the celebration of Black History Month. On campus, the celebrations to recognize Black History Month have begun with several unique and thought-provoking events. The events began on Feb. 5 with an artist talk from Tyanna Buie about her artwork called Imaginal Dialogues which is on display in the Fine Arts Gallery hosted.

The technique

Buie has created artwork that is truly unique. Her method involves mixed digital prints and paint to create the pieces featured in her series Imaginal Dialogues. Buie states, “I’m always doing stuff digitally and using the digital to create things that are not digital.”

However, Buie does not just paint and print. She also incorporates a type of  jewelry making called chainmaille into her work. One of her featured pieces includes a link like the ones used in jewelry making called idiots delight.  She says “ I thought about this idea of linking this connection that we all have to one another.”

Furthermore, Buie has a style of her own that combines artists she admires and trying to incorporate these artists’ work but still make it her own. Buie spoke about how she “was obsessed with Rauschenberg”. She says, “ What if I stole some stuff from the people who stole some stuff?”

Inspiration comes from within

Tyanna Buie grew up in and out of foster care and experienced many family struggles. She mentions domestic abuse, drugs, and prison as a few of the things her family had troubles with. She says, “ When my grandmother passed away that’s when my mother took to the drugs. And in the black family, the mom and the grandma are the atrium. Once they pass away that’s when things can go either way. So in our family when my grandma died it’s like the family just broke apart.” Buie’s piece called “The Front Porchdemonstrates how she used her struggles as an inspiration for her artwork. “The Front Porch” features Buie’s grandmother in a cast after she tried to break up a fight between Buie’s mom and uncle.  

The struggles mentioned by Buie and the fact that her family did not really speak about their issues led to the creation of her work. She says, “I also decided to use art as a way to talk about stuff that my family has wanted to bury and push down.” Buie’s authenticity and openness makes her work relatable. UW-Parkside student Sarah Ratliff commented, “I really love the concept of her family being brought into it and their history and her willingness to talk about it.”

This event had a positive impact on campus. Ratliff states, “I love that they offer something like this because I don’t know if other universities do. It’s offered on our campus and that’s an experience in itself.”

Even if you missed Buie’s artist talk, you can still view her artwork in the Fine Arts Gallery until March 22.


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