Interdisciplinary Visual Artist
B I O :
Phylicia Ghee (Baltimore, MD) is an interdisciplinary visual artist and photographer; her artwork documents transition, explores healing, ritual, ceremony & rites of passage. 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 Maryland Institute College of Art.
Phylicia has curated numerous exhibitions, events and public programs throughout Baltimore 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), Studio Art Centers International (Florence, Italy), Art on the Vine (Martha’s Vineyard), Young Collectors Contemporary (Memphis, TN). 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.
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. In 2019, Phylicia exhibited at The Walters Art Museum as one of seven Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize Finalists and she was named '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.
A R T I S T
S T A T E M E N T :
My work documents transition and explores healing, ritual, and ceremonial rites of passage. I’m interested in the intersection between the physical and the spiritual.
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 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 grandfather, also an interdisciplinary 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 work embraces the fact that perception has the ability to change our genetic expression.
Ultimately, I am here to end an age-old propensity for struggle and suffering, which was initiated by ancient trauma and suppression. 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. To rediscover peace, wonder and happiness for us all. We are healing.
See current exhibitions & highlights below:
2019 BEST of Baltimore – ‘ARTIST’
, Baltimore Magazine
Write up by Angela N. Carroll in the August Issue of Baltimore Magazine
|2019||Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize 2019 Finalist Exhibition, The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, MD
June 15th – August 11th, 2019