Mahari Chabwera is an artist living and working in Richmond, Virginia. She started making things when she was little, and never stopped because making is really fun, and freeing. She's the 2019 - 2020 recipient of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Professional Fellowship. She keeps a daily journal, and religiously reads Black women writers like Tananarive Due, Octavia Butler, Alice Walker, Audre Lorde, Terry Mcmillan, and Ntozake Shange. Her Mom used to be in a book club. She listens to the same music her Mom played in the house growing up too, folks like Earth Wind & Fire, Prince, Jill Scott, Erykah Badu, Lauren Hill, Dianne Reeves, Roberta Flack and India Arie. She received her B.F.A. from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2017. Since then she’s begun curating spaces for Black womxn artists to share work. Her practice is her salve; liberatory magic medicine making. She bears the weight of being well.

The shadow personifies everything the ego does not acknowledge. 

Whereas naturalistic images endeavor to summarize the observable or recognizable features of the physical self, conceptual images are more concerned with the essence of the subject or the metaphysical self. Aroya is an abstraction of a recognizable subject rendered in such a way as to distance it from reality while still communicating the essence of the subject.

As a Yoruba incantation puts it,  the eyes will never fail to greet the beautiful. In effect from the Yuroba the beauty or affective power of a given work of art depends on good compostion and symmetry, clarity of mass, relative straightness of posture, meticulous delineation, relative luminosity and delicacy and how well the work has succeeded in capturing the essence of the subject. Because of its impact on the eyes the beautiful is often described as food for the eyes. An image is called awoyanu - that which causes the veiwer to gape if it manifests such an incredibly high artistic skill as to suggest the use of the occult powers. To be a vessel is the dream. 

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