Interdisciplinary Visual Artist
B I O :
Phylicia Ghee, interdisciplinary visual artist & photographer, was born in Baltimore, MD. Ghee received her BFA in Photography with a Concentration in Curatorial Studies from Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in 2010. Taught by her Grandfather at a very early age, her background in painting and illustration began to cultivate a growing interest in experimenting with different mediums. Ghee’s artwork documents transition, explores healing, ritual, ceremony & personal rites of passage. While photography & performance are central to her work, Ghee also works in video, fibers, mixed media, installation & painting.
Ghee has curated and developed numerous exhibitions, events and public programs throughout Baltimore centered around issues of identity, healing and community.. She has also exhibited her work at various galleries and museums throughout the Baltimore-Washington Metropolitan Area and beyond. Some of these locations include The Baltimore Museum of Art, Galerie Myrtis in Baltimore MD, The Egyptian Embassy in Washington, DC, The Margulies Warehouse in Miami, Florida, Studio Art Centers International in Florence, Italy, and The Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture, where she was commissioned to create a large mixed media quilt for the museum’s private collection.
Upon graduating from MICA in 2010, Ghee began her career as a full time artist & professional photographer, specializing in contemporary portrait photography. She works closely with clients of various backgrounds, locally, nationally and internationally. Her portraits speak to her love of experimentation and self-exploration. In 2015 Ghee served as Resident Healing Artist for a city-wide campaign called the New Day Campaign, which focused on bringing awareness and healing to behavioral health issues throughout Maryland. In 2017 Ghee received recognition from the First Lady Yumi Hogan & the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s Behavioral Health Administration for her art and activism in raising awareness on issues surrounding mental illness and substance use. During her professional career Ghee has not only taught numerous classes and art-based workshops with a therapeutic/healing component, but she has also done multiple performances and facilitated various rituals & ceremonies.
A R T I S T
S T A T E M E N T :
My work is a reminder and connection to timelessness. I become a channel for the stories, rituals, visions and practices that find their way back to me through genetic memory and ancestral communication. My work has always been informed by an intimacy with Self, and it is created through intuitive self-exploration.
Each medium I use is its own language. Working in photography, fibers, mixed media, video, painting, performance and installation allow me to create narrative works that evolve over time. The work always holds messages that are sometimes only fully understood years later.
My Grandfather has had the deepest impact on me as an artist. We have created art together from the moment I could hold a pencil or a paintbrush, and continue to do so today. My Grandfather taught me to create freely and to follow my intuitive whispers. My mother’s love for literary art, my Grandmother’s love for fibers and sewing and my Great Grandmother Josephine’s skill in quilting have all unknowingly found manifestation in my work. Nature & the natural elements hold an integral place in my work as well.
As an empath I also experience the energetic and emotional memory of prenatal & ancestral pain. My own suffering has broken me open. Much of my work has arisen from the desire to release myself from patterns that have lead to suffering and to build new neural pathways that initiate & reinforce healing, so as to not allow these patterns to continue any further through my lineage. My work has always been about remembering that which is indestructible within myself and reminding myself that this part of me exists. It has been an exploration in learning to accept the temporal and impermanent nature of life, and in this way connecting to life as a sacred and shared journey. Laced with the voices of my Ancestors; the rituals, ceremonies & performances that document my own rites of passage also speak to my journey to heal myself and returning to a sense of wholeness, trust & surrender.
Through the use of gesture, movement & various visual mediums, I explore the lasting, layered and poetic quality of memory, I unearth the stories of my Ancestors, and I navigate the dynamics of self-evolution and exploration.