Florine Demosthene

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Artist's Statement

I’ve been intrigued by the black female body in contemporary visual culture and I’m piqued by how her
physical size is suppose to dictate a certain set of ideals and behavior. Borrowing from Jonathan Swifts,
“Gulliver’s Travels”, I chronicled my journey through the Caribbean and West Africa in a series of drawings
entitled, The Capture. These mix media pieces, textual mélanges of ink, oil, graphite and charcoal, depict
voluptuous female figures amid a strange world of decay and destruction.

The Capture is the initial phase to constructing a non-typical black female heroine persona. By delving into
the subconscious mind of a fictitious black heroine and the ephemeral quality of her thoughts and
experiences. The Capture is an attempt to structure a new mythology that explores black female sexuality
and sensuality.


Born in New York / Raised in Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Currently resides in Brooklyn & Accra, Ghana

Florine Demosthene earned her BFA from Parsons the New School for Design and her MFA from Hunter
College. She has shown extensively through group and solo exhibitions in USA and London. She was a
recipient of a Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant in 2011 and she was featured in the premiere issue of Arc
(a magazine that is dedicated to highlighting emerging and established Caribbean artists). She’s a 2012
Keyholder resident at the Lower East Side Printshop in New York.