Current City: Brooklyn, NY & CT
Item Details: 16" x 20" Giclée Print, Framed, 2020, Edition of 7 + 1AP
50% of the proceeds from this piece will be directed to Gumbo, a storytelling platform and content engine that expands the narrative of Black life. They are creating a circular ecosystem for Black expression led by curators, creatives, consumers, and champions of the Black community.
Lewis Derogene, known artistically as PhenomenaLewis, was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti and currently lives between Connecticut and New York. Her staged photographs reflect her lived spiritual, political and sociological experiences. Through self-portraiture, she reclaims the visual representation of the female body, working to decolonize and redefine the narrative of AfroLatinidad within the African Diaspora. Starting as drawings and poetry, these evocative, vibrant and visceral portraits confront the viewer with the artist and the subject. Heavily inspired by Rembrandt’s portraits, her highly contrasted and overly saturated photographs displace the subject while revealing clues to symbolic elements of her identity and cultural heritage. She has shown work at Veiled Art Show, NY; Satellite Art Show, NY; GI Portal in Governor’s Island, NY and Conception Art Show, NY (all in 2019); Fridge Art Fair, NY (2018); The Living Gallery Outpost, NY; (2017), Fantasy in Color Gallery, NY; (2017), Black History Month exhibition, SVA's Student Center, NY (2017), and Street Seats, Stamford, CT (2014). She graduated from the School of Visual Arts with a BFA in Fine Arts (2019).
PhenomenaLewis categorizes her self-portraits as “Afro Cogitatio.” It is important to be self aware as changing environmental, economic and political situations impact our evolving selves. In Evolved, PhenomenaLewis contemplates words used to categorize her - “aggressive,” “angry.” She negates violent definitions imposed upon Black women, channeling the sublime and its grandeur. Based on freeform poems, using limited resources at home and digital manipulation, a visual narrative is created.