My residency at Penland School of Craft gave me the much needed time to prepare for the exhibition with the Hammond's House Museum. The gift of time and space is invaluable to an artist! I was truly grateful to be awarded the fellowship. It was a blessing to have in order to prepare works for the exhibition.
Atlanta's Hammonds House Museum Celebrates its 35th Anniversary in 2023
First Exhibition Features Works by Atlanta Native, Photo-based Artist Tokie Rome-Taylor
Prolific Atlanta photo-based artist Tokie Rome-Taylor leads off the quarterly exhibition schedule for 2023, celebrating the 35th Anniversary of Hammonds House Museum in Atlanta's West End. The exhibition's opening night is Friday, February 3rd and will be on view until April 2nd. On February 23, there will be a Gallery Tour, as well as a not-to-miss Artist Talk with Rome-Taylor and a Nitzanah Griffin.
Reclamation opens with words by fellow artist, Deborah Roberts and includes essays by artist/writer/scholar /curator Berrisford Boothe, curator and writer Juana Williams, and former executive director of the Griffin Museum of Photography, Paula Tognerelli
"Site of Memory" is an installation that incorporates cyanotype on cotton and silk, assemblage, embroidery, feathers, mother of pearl, beads, tulle, and waist beads amongst it's many components. There are so many layers to this work both figuratively and literally.
News from the studio - showing at Carnegie Hall, Lecture at-University-of Delaware, Workshops at Penland School of Craft, Lenscatch feature Exhibition with Larry Walker and Friends
Happy to share with you all works that are on view in September and October. From museums to galleries all over the country, there is definitely a chance to take in the artwork up close and personal.
"In experimenting we find our voice"--Tokie
I have been on overflow. I have drowned myself in the creative pool of reading and research, connecting to other creatives, and basically filling my spirit with all things that bring me joy. Moment of transparency--I don't use the word drown lightly. Sometimes I do feel like I am drowning in my desire to create, crashing against the cold reality of life--work, family and wanting to do so much in a finite amount of time. But then my folks remind me to breath, to float and enjoy all of it. To appreciate all that I have and can do, here and now. More to come. My worst critic is my self. My greatest taskmaster is myself. I will allow myself grace.
I'm not going to write a long deep essay about all the things I have been exploring. I've been told I'm too wordy sometimes lol! Instead, I will share the photos that have documented it all:
In the Studio
A gold leafing class with the incredible Marcy Palmer!
All I need is time and grace, for myself, to bring it all together. Excited to show you all my vision. As we say " Soon Come!"
The artworld has found its footing in virtual exhibitions as artist talks so that has really given me back some of my joy. I truly miss going to openings in person, but I actually get to go to more now. Glass half full! I have resumed exhibiting, virtually of course! I am a part of a group exhibition in Gilroy, California and I will also be showing at SP-Arte, a major art fair in São Paulo, Brazil with Mfon- Women Photographers of the Diaspora. So much has happened! We are still quarantining. My children are learning virtually like many of you all. I am exercising extreme caution and staying safe. Photography has been a blessing to me and I have had the opportunity to share it with my community. I have enjoyed the support of great collectors, friends and clients. We are going to make it through this stronger and better--Tokie
Portrait Client Spotlight
This was a all about connecting to the plug of the art world as a fine art photographer. As an artist, its really import to find your tribe of people who can support and encourage as you make your way in the art world.