…Well, I’m on the last leg of this race toward the ‘Degree Show’ my girls are also focused on studies for their exams! All hands on deck as we set up to tunnel vision on our own projects, CREATIVE ZONE HOUSEHOLD, graphics, photography, painting, sketching, sculpting and casting! We love it! #creativefamily #DegreeShow

I’ve told family and friends only to disturb us if they are handing out orange segments and water! Just like a runner (a past time of mine).

#loleithaart in the creative zone

an A 2, student, my eldest – Look out for W.K art and creative writing processes.

an A s, student my youngest –  watch this space as N.K concepts in photography and graphics unfolds.

These images reflect my ‘home life’ on this run toward the Degree Show. Exciting times, I’ve hit the ground running, let’s go! Speaking Life!

Website… Check          www.loleithaart.co.uk

Business cards… check

Blog… Ongoing

Create art… Ongoing

I use what I see, when making art, my inspirations are from quotes and Maya Angelou, because I love her wisdom. The spoken word speaks volumes about common sense and guidance. A key to solutions in life and its experiences.

“Creativity cannot be used up, the more you create, the more you have”     Maya Angelou

Also from the every day, home life, and issues that arise through the News and social media. I had just been working on some pieces, and now they relate a bit to Beyoncé and her ‘Lemonade’ album and lyrics, and Bey uses Poet Warsan Shire, a Somali-British woman. Together musically and by spoken word, they illustrate subjects of racial identity, love, and forgiveness. #culturallens

Strong image from the album. Lemonade 2016

I don’t wish to document everything on here, as I mainly work when inspiration hits me and because I haven’t finished some processes yet. I tend to let the art progress naturally …without trying to say where I think it’s going. (I just like to make).  I feel I would have to explain where the work is leading, and the creative expression needs its space just to be.

A workspace in progress, let it flow.

This triptych is titled ‘consequences 1,2&3.’

1: of stereotypes

text: The women all waited patiently to become all that they had hoped …to be

2: of displacement

text: Displacement had the women dishearten without them releasing…

3: of perceptions

text: Who do I identify with?

Acrylic on canvas #identity

I have always used text in my earlier artwork and had thoughts to take it further. I chose to leave the images without faces, just like a silhouette articulates plenty without giving many details. #relate #identity

Barbara Kruger, an American, feminist, conceptual artist. Kruger uses text in an installation platform to express issues in social life.

Adrian Piper: an American, conceptual artist and philosopher; a lot of Pipers work was performance based, she uses text on a card format to confront social racialism in networking circles. Leave you standing and highlight the whispers.

Glen Ligon, an American conceptual artist, uses intertextuality you, visual art and literature to explore sexuality and identity.  He also used extracts from the author, Zora Neale Hurston, 1928.


Well, I’m busy busy, on the 10am to 10pm shift, in preparation for the Degree Show, 2016 UCS. Working non-stop, till I drop. I am blessed with two amazing daughters’ that have dinner ready for me! #degree show, #homelife

walls, holes filled and painted, check,

floor painted, check

plinths painted and placed, check

create art work,  just some tidying up now…

labels, check

electrical apps, pap tested, check

exhausted, check


This preparation for the degree show has been both stressful and exuberating.

However my art and its concept flows. So it’s all good.#imanartist!

Appreciating the UCS technicians to whom I am grateful for being on hand. #great-team!



Deadline is fast approaching, busy doing the build, decisions, decisions, some visions are not possible …prepare, experiment, express!   #degree show

fill holes, Check

paint walls, ongoing

Measure, cut wood and fit fixtures, ongoing

Make art, and finish …ongoing mind you an Artist’s work is never finished…

Installation space #exhibition #wip #mindset #curating




Painting ‘Can I touch your hair?’ (unfinished), mixed media’ on canvas, 2016 Loleithaart.co.uk  #wip #steatopygia #physiognomy #calligygia #degreeshow #loleithaart

I have always been asked this question  ‘can I touch your hair?’ for as long as I can remember, and I am sure many can relate. Here my painting represents the Black woman bare, but still modest as its only her back  and the naturalness of the Afro hair. The Afro hair type is very versatile, many styles can be created with the hair type. #versatility

In today’s world, there is a focus on the booty, gluteal, buttocks – (whatever, you may wish to call this area of our body), with many women having surgery to enlarge theirs and some with not so happy stories. What madness! Celebrities and Personalities such as, Beyoncé, Niki Minaj, Little Kim,  Jennifer Lopez, and Kim Kardashian/West have all been in the media in relation to the booty.  #cultural appropriation. #art history #culturallens #identity #steatopygia

The anatomy term used for the muscle of the buttocks is called ‘gluteus maximus.’
The gluteus maximus is collectively known with the gluteus medius and minimus, which make up the three gluteal muscles; and at times, referred to as the ‘glutes.’ This muscle is the main extensor muscle of the hips, and the largest superficial muscle being near the surface. The buttocks make up the shape and appearance of each side of our hips. It supports the structure/uprightness of the trunk of our bodies. Therefore, I find it great to sketch, sculpt and cast ha! I always create from what I see. #the gaze #calligyian #steatopygia

During my training to be a Beauty Therapist, way back in 1991, and on my Sports Massage training, 2004, I learnt the origins and insertions of the muscles as part of the anatomy class, along with the bones and joints, etc., etc. My lecturer at the time always requested for the others on the course to practice their massage techniques on me as I had the firmest Derrière. Describing me as a ‘ Callipygian.’ #fit, #firm, I’m just saying…#keepingitreal
I keep saying it  because it is true, ‘ that nothing you have been through is ever wasted!’

Sarah Baartman,

She was born n South Africa’s Eastern Cape in 1789. (1789 -1815)

This lady was put on display/exhibited for her body shape and described as having steatopygia, a Greek term.  It has now been 200 years since her death.

#what a world eh…


Physiognomy: this term is used to describe a character or personality from an outer appearance. Ontology, another term used to describe the essence of nature and being relating to metaphysics which is the concepts of being and knowing time space and identity. As I’ve previously mentioned as a trained beauty therapist and sports massage therapist, I have a keen interest in the body. While studying the human form its muscles origins and insertions, etc. Names stuck with me like the ‘olecranon process’. The olecranon process is the knobbly bit of the elbow and is the end of the Ulna. A sports massage therapist uses this technique as a pressure point, stopping the blood flow for a few seconds and then releases (lifting up the elbow) to allow the own bodies endorphins to heal the stressed part or area of pain.

Here, I am looking at ‘being’ the human condition, using the body as my subject and as my actual canvas, collecting the indextrical tracing, capturing the stages, as the body will change shape over the years. The ‘Stages of Womanhood’.

More images to come…

#perception #loleithaart

#physiognogmy series


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