Interdisciplinary Visual Artist
B I O :
Phylicia Ghee is an interdisciplinary visual artist and photographer; her artwork documents transition, explores healing, ritual, ceremony & personal rites of passage. Phylicia is interested in the intersection between the physical and the spiritual. Her work serves as both a medicine and a vehicle for epigenetics & neuroplasticity. Taught by her Grandfather at a very early age, Phylicia works in photography, performance, video, fibers, mixed media, installation & painting. She earned her BFA in Photography with a Concentration in Curatorial Studies from MICA in 2010.
Phylicia has curated numerous exhibitions, events and public programs centered around issues of identity, healing and community. She has also exhibited her work in various galleries, museums and art fairs some of which include The Baltimore Museum of Art, Galerie Myrtis (Baltimore MD), The Egyptian Embassy (Washington, DC), The Margulies Warehouse (Miami, Florida) and Studio Art Centers International (Florence, Italy). In 2008 The Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture, commissioned Phylicia to create a 6’X7’ mixed media quilt for the museum’s private collection. Phylicia has exhibited and performed recently at Art on the Vine (Martha’s Vineyard, 2018), Young Collectors Contemporary (Memphis, TN, 2019)and The Walters Art Museum as one of seven Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize Finalists. Phylicia was also named ‘2019 Best of Baltimore' in the category of Artist.
During her professional career, Phylicia has not only taught numerous classes and art-based workshops, but she has also done multiple performances and facilitated various rituals & ceremonies that explore artistic practice as a way to initiate & encourage healing.
In 2015, Phylicia served as Resident Healing Artist for a city-wide campaign called the New Day Campaign and in 2017, Phylicia received recognition from the First Lady Yumi Hogan & the Maryland Behavioral Health Administration for her art and activism in raising awareness on issues surrounding mental illness and substance use.
A R T I S T
S T A T E M E N T :
I am an interdisciplinary visual artist & photographer. My work documents transition, explores healing, ritual and ceremonial rites of passage. I’m interested in the intersection between the physical and the spiritual, as well as the transitional space between birth and death.
Through the work, I become a channel for the stories, rituals, and visions that find their way back to me through genetic memory. I heal trans-generational trauma and re-write subconscious patterns of suffering passed down in my lineage, while I reclaim ancient, ancestral wisdom. Each medium I use is its own language. Working in photography, performance, installation, video, fibers, mixed media, and painting allows me to create narrative works that evolve and take new form over time. My work can span many years. Each body of work that I create is interconnected.
Often materials or residual elements of one work—for example, ashes from a fire, hair or soil—have found new life in other pieces years later. The work embraces the fact that perception has the ability to change our genetic expression and that by engaging fully in the senses, we can create new neural connections in the brain (neuroplasticity); thereby actively participating in epigenetics. By embracing an art practice that converges with neuroscience, ritual and ceremony, I have been able to write a new narrative for myself.
My Grandfather, also an interdisciplinary visual artist, has a deep impact on my art practice—his fingerprint is in this work. My mother’s writing, my Grandmother’s sewing, and my Great Grandmother’s skill in quilting have all found manifestation in my work. In this way, the work is not just mine but also my Grandfather’s, my Grandmother’s, my Mother’s, and that of those who came before us.
The essence of my work expands beyond my personal practice and engages collaboratively with community. I bring art-based ritual to various communities in the forms of intergenerational storytelling, performance, ceremonial rites of passage, installation, sensory therapy and deep meditative rest experiences. Ultimately, I am here to unearth the deep well of ever-replenishing strength, resilience, and joy that lives in our bones and in the back corridors of our hearts. To ritualize the mundane, and to rediscover peace, wonder and happiness for us all.
I am currently working on a huge community-based project called Four Directions. Four Directions is a four-part project, spanning over two years, that explores immersive ritual experiences, ceremonial practices and communal rites of passage to consciously channel, engage, and unravel ancestral memory for people of color (specifically black & indigenous people). Four Directions is about healing trans-generational trauma and building intergenerational bridges as a community, while engaging in practices of deep rest, self-love and self-preservation. I’m hoping that our often-fragmented ancestral histories take on more clarity through this project and that we learn to carry the potency of those stories with us; while still remaining light.
See current exhibitions, publications & highlights below:
|2019||Black Art in America; Decolonizing Performance Art: Phylicia Ghee , Written by Angela N. Carroll|
|2019||BmoreArt Print lssue; The Resilient Art of Edward & Phylicia Ghee , BmoreArt|
2019 BEST of Baltimore – ‘ARTIST’
, Baltimore Magazine
Write up by Angela N. Carroll in the August Issue of Baltimore Magazine
|2019||In Conversation: Visual Meditations on Black Masculinity (Presented by MFON: Women Photographers of the African Diaspora), The African American Museum, Philadelphia, PA
Exhibition on View until March 2020, featuring over 50 black women & non-binary photographers
|2019||Mythic (Group), The Galleries at CCBC, Baltimore, MD|
|2019||Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize 2019 Finalist Exhibition, The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, MD
June 15th – August 11th, 2019