Artist Talk with Desmon Beach
The African storytelling tradition is a thread that runs through Beach’s series of fiber and mixed media artworks. Honoring his immediate ancestors, as well as those of the African Diaspora, is a priority. Beach’s highest goal is to turn the terrible into the beautiful. His work is inspired by recent and historical developments in the African American experience as well as anti-Blackness. Inspired by images of Black people during the Middle Passage, in the Jim Crow South, and their representation in today’s mass media, his artwork frequently addresses the racial stereotypes that affect Black people. The work’s deliberateness remixes, reclaims, and reexamines the Black struggle. The works of art serve as a forum for illuminating the existence of the nameless, grief, celebration, and resistance.