Bushmama Africa in The Ramp Gallery, February 14–March 11, 2017

Bushmama Africa combines reality with dreamspace, spirituality and self love. Her work expresses her deep affinity for everything Afrofuturistic with a focus on Black women as a form of resistance against Amerikkka’s standard of beauty and standard of relevancy as it related to black female life.

Listen to the artist talk about their work in their own words:

Meet the Artist
Bushmama Africa will be at SOMArts on February 25th , 8–11pm. Visit The Ramp Gallery for a chance to meet the artist, talk about their work and inspiration, have a drink and enjoy their awesome artwork! While you’re here, stop by the Sex Worker Magic: A Talent Show & Closing Ceremony of our Main Gallery exhibition, We’re Still Working: The Art of Sex WorkA cash bar will be available all evening.

About Bushmama Africa
Bushmama Africa was born and raised in Oakland, California in 1970. At that time Oakland was a special place filled with Black Pride and Black Power. Her parents who were also artist were a source of visual and musical inspiration by keeping her surrounded in nature and well versed on the best music of that time. Her artistic ability surfaced in the 1980′s with lots of pen drawings that she kept private until the early 2000′s when she was encouraged by a friend to put her drawings to canvas. From that point on she has created many colorful pieces of work that she created and was quickly sold. It was then she realized that people were drawn to her creations. Her creative outlet involves jewelry making, doll making, mixed media and collage. Her paintings were featured in a one woman show Healer Woman at the Oakland Library Lakeside Branch. Her most recent exhibit was in the Modern Museum of the African Diaspora for one night at The Diaspora Dinner presented to friends of MoAD. She exhibited in The Black Woman is God in 2015 at the African American Art Complex in San Francisco.  She has also exhibited at Somar Bar, New Parish, Omi Gallery, SOMArts in SF and Sole Space in Oakland California. Her themes are African Spirituality, Afrofuturism and Self Love. Her current medium is mixed and collage mermaids that focus on Black Lives Matter and Spiritual Power through female Water deities. To view new work visit her online portfolio at healerwoman.yolasite.com and Bushmama.com

About The Ramp Gallery
The Ramp Gallery accepts exhibition proposals on a continual basis. Submission Guidelines can be found here. To purchase work on display or for more information email gallery@somarts.org. You can visit The Ramp gallery any time SOMArts Cultural Center is open.

Image courtesy of Bushmama Africa