frida kamau
I am Kenyan born and I live and work in Williamsburg, NY. I’m obsessively curious and enjoy learning. What inspires me and by extension my work are things that are old or close to the earth, creative people, history and the infinite nature of imagination.
My work is mostly figurative imagined portraits and vignettes. They are technical exercises, wherein I use vivid color, costumes and objects, and delicate details to both explore the character, and expose the personalities of my subjects. However, I do not consider my work to be conceptual, instead, I allow for a more organic progression of choices in both the drawing and painting processes.
Whether static and stoic, or vulnerable and haunted, these women commonly express intimacy, subtle provocation, and unassuming emotional intelligence, as if different roles played by the same actress.
While the titles of the pieces might suggest a narrative, there are no implicit allegories in the paintings, they simply assign a point of reference for me. The viewer can then either identify with my subjective interpretation, or form his/ her own impression.