“Saltwater Healing.” 2012. Angelique Nixon | Artist
Mixed Media Installation - 4’ x 7’ Display of 18 12”x12” wooden panels.
Materials: literary art, collage, photography, straw, fabric, sand, dried plants and seeds.
Transforming Spaces FIBRE 2012 Annual Art Tour
Featured at The Hub Art Gallery & Community Centre,
Nassau, The Bahamas, March 2012.
“moon rituals in times of crisis.” 2014. Angelique Nixon | Artist
Mixed Media Installation - 12 framed panels (14” x 16”) + 3 min audio.
Materials: pastels, photographs, literary art, poetry, audio.
Transforming Spaces WATER 2014 Annual Art Tour.
Featured at Popop Studies International Center for the Visual Arts,
Nassau, The Bahamas, April 2014.
“Comic Evolution.” 2016. Angelique Nixon | Artist
Mixed Media Installation
Sculpture + 18 Photographs +
Video (11min 11sec).
National Art Gallery of the Bahamas,
8th National Exhibition.
NE8 Offsite Hillside House.
Nassau, The Bahamas.
December 2016 – April 2017.
Video Installation featured at Halle 14 Centre for Contemporary Art, Leipzig | Büro for Fotografie. Leipzig, Germany. “Overseas: Cuba and The Bahamas – Contemporary Art from the Caribbean.” April–August 2017.
“The Destiny of Earthseed is to take Root among the Stars.”
–Octavia Butler, Parable of the Sower
Cosmic Evolution is a provocation and speculative fiction experience about how we vision our futures for Caribbean and African diaspora people – Black, Brown, Migrant, Same-Sex Loving, Queer, and Women especially. This vision began with a journey through the Mangrove forests in Tobago and deep reflection on Octavia Butler’s dystopia novel Parable of the Sower (imagining her creation of community survival through Earthseed). It also emerges through the painful social and racial climate we are surviving in the past few years of a so-called post-racial world (and the rise of Black Lives Matter and Migrant Rights movements globally in response to overwhelming violence, fear, and hate). And it comes to life thinking through the backlash against Caribbean feminist and women’s movements for gender and sexual justice and the continued struggles for gender and sexual rights and freedom for Caribbean sexual minorities (LGBTQI) and gender non-conforming people. Cosmic Evolution is about survival and possible futures given the continued assault on Black, Brown, Migrant, Queer, and Women’s lives.
This mixed media installation shares a future vision of marginalised people evolving and relocating to Space after spending nine years under the mangrove forests of the Caribbean Sea. The future storyteller (griot) explains the process of this cosmic evolution and how people transformed and took flight to the stars, which is made possible through the magical infusion of cultural artifacts, ancestral spirits, earth and sea vibrations, and mangrove swamps. Cosmic Evolutionvisions a future decolonised, where our minds, bodies, and spirits feel whole; a future unbounded to capitalism, where communities thrive in harmony and healing rooted in love and acceptance; a future where we co-exist with the earth and all living creatures; a future where we are sexually, spiritually, and socially free – with consent at the root and restorative justice the path. To create our own possible Earthseed Future, we must do the work of pulling from the past and present to evolve. This project seeks to ground us back into the earth, sea, and ancestral memory, to reimagine the tools we need in order to create better, possible, and livable futures.
What is your Earthseed Vision of the Future?
"Troubling Identities" was on exhibit at the National Art Gallery of the Bahamas, for their 7th National Exhibition: Antillean: an Ecology. (Nassau, The Bahamas. Dec 2014 – May 2015); It was also featured at the HilgerBrotKunsthalle in Vienna, Austria, “Nassau Calling: Art in The Bahamas (Re)-visited.” (Sept – Nov 2015.) - Digital Art & Poetry by Angelique V. Nixon
Although the Caribbean is celebrated as a creolised “mix-up” space, there is much silence around race and Blackness in particular that simplify ancestry and celebrate a mixed-race or multicultural utopia. But the system of colourism remains in place, yet it ruptures within sites of families that are mixed race and working class, who resist silence and passing. “Troubling Identities” represents these issues at the intersections of race, colour, gender, class, and sexuality in The Bahamas specifically and the Caribbean more broadly. Through family photographs, poetry, and digital collage, this multimedia work seeks to make visible the submerged and vexed sexual-racial relationships that make up the Caribbean family.
Audio (Literary Art) for the installation "moon rituals in times of crisis"