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Artwork for the Soul: Jeremy Dennis

Artwork is the window into our souls. The mirror of our lives. It offers classes in love and is a refuge from despair.

Our African ancestors knew its energy. Enslaved individuals used it when the phrases wouldn’t come. From easy sketches to advanced configurations, our artwork has defined our moods, instructed our tales and sustained our souls. 

Artwork has marked our place in life and our ideas of time. It’s unwoven the tapestry of our desires and certainly, set us free. SIGNATURE BRIDE salutes Black and brown artists—women and men around the globe linked by a typical thread. 

With a method that features panorama images and staged portraiture, together with documentary portraiture and interviews, Jeremy Dennis isn’t simply an artist; he’s a storyteller. “In artwork, I really like telling tales,” he says. “These may embody the tales of Indigenous individuals I meet at powwows, the tales of different Shinnecock tribal members, or tales from my ancestry being Native American. I believe creating artwork and the act of storytelling are elementary elements of being human and are vital in preserving the reminiscence of those that got here earlier than you. I additionally like taking a look at historical past and retelling completely different, attention-grabbing moments in historical past in visible methods. These long-ago histories join us all in so some ways.”

Dennis lives on the Shinnecock Nation territory in Southampton, New York—an surroundings that deeply evokes his work. “I inform our tales,” says the artist, who runs an artist residency for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and Folks of Shade) artists in an outdated household residence on Shinnecock territory generally known as “Ma’s Home.”  

“We, and lots of different Indigenous peoples, have been rendered invisible by our neighbors and this nation,” Dennis says. “I pursued the humanities extra significantly as a profession later in life after realizing the facility of artwork to encourage change on this planet by way of storytelling and fact telling. I believe what many individuals stroll away with is a brand new understanding of what they’re taking a look at, particularly with the wall textual content that accompanies my visible artwork. Typically earlier than I even create a bit, I do analysis to create a picture that represents that textual content or story. I believe audiences just like the duality of remembering a narrative by way of textual content in addition to by way of imagery.”

You possibly can meet Dennis at Artwork & Soul Hamptons, an immersive cultural expertise celebrating BIOPIC artists and that includes celeb leisure, an artwork stroll and a Black culinary expertise. The occasion takes place July 22–24 within the Hamptons. For extra info, go to


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