Mixed media artist, Gherdai Hassell, sees her art as a form of communication – a way to move people to action. “I usually create pieces that have deeper meanings and are controversial,” she shared with PinkSand Entertainment. “Art is supposed to move people, invoke feeling, if it doesn’t do this, it’s not a great piece of work. I want my art to inspire, excite, motivate, move, promote question of the status quo and push conversion of controversial topics.”
Her paintings and collages are striking if nothing else. Revolved around the eyes, her subjects seem to gaze intensely at the viewer – a gaze which might result in a feeling of uneasiness. Typically embracing the black figure, her works explore ideas about representation, perception, and identity creation.
But according to Hassel: “the work is beyond me, I can’t claim myself as the source for it. I’m just the vessel.” Based in China, Hassell received her BS from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2013. Forever inspired by the world around her, she has showcased her work in Bermuda and China.
“It’s an honor for me to create this work,” she writes on her website. “I’m doing what I’ve been called to, and for that, I’m grateful.” Take a look at some of her artwork below: