Interdisciplinary Visual Artist
B I O :
Phylicia Ghee is an interdisciplinary visual artist, photographer and curator. Ghee’s artwork documents transition, explores healing, ritual, ceremony & personal rites-of-passage. She is interested in the intersection between the physical and the spiritual. Taught by her Grandfather at an early age; Ghee works in photography, performance, video, fibers, mixed media, installation & painting. She earned her BFA in Photography with a Concentration in Curatorial Studies from Maryland Institute College of Art in 2010.
Ghee has exhibited her work at The Baltimore Museum of Art, Galerie Myrtis, The Egyptian Embassy, The Margulies Warehouse (Miami, FL), Studio Art Centers International (Florence, Italy) and The Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture, where she was commissioned to make work for the private collection.
Most recently, Ghee exhibited and performed at Art on the Vine (Martha’s Vineyard), Young Collectors Contemporary (Memphis, TN), The Walters Art Museum as 2019 Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize Finalist, Fridman Gallery (NY, 2020 Virtual Exhibition) and The African American Museum (Philadelphia, PA). Ghee was also named 2020 Baker Artist Award Finalist, 2020 Pratt>FORWARD Fellow (Mickalene Thomas & Jane South) and 2020 Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize Finalist. She received recognition from Maryland’s First Lady Yumi Hogan & the Maryland Behavioral Health Administration for her art and activism in raising awareness on issues surrounding mental health, behavioral health and substance use disorder.
In addition to her art practice, Ghee has worked as a professional photographer for over 15 years. She just finished a 4-month contract working as the Official Photographer for the U.S. Capitol, House of Representatives. Ghee is the first Black Woman and only one of 21 photographers to ever hold this particular position at the Capitol, in all of U.S. history.
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.
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 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—will find new life in another piece years later.
My work explores shifting genetic expression and building new neural networks in the brain (neuroplasticity); thereby actively participating in epigenetics. By embracing an art practice that converges with neuroscience, ritual and spirituality, 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.
See select 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