The House of Marley had the pleasure of sitting down with emerging visual artist, Imani Shanklin Roberts, a DC native currently living in NYC who caught our eye thanks to our good friends over at The Culture LP. Her work touches the energetic child, the soulful millennial, and those who are moved by the beauty of the mind casted on a canvas. We thank Imani for letting us take a dive into her work space and giving us a taste of her world.
“I create work that is inspired by my experiences. Through the lens of an African-American woman, I create pieces that reflect a reality that I know well. A reality of a people that are transgressive, filled with love, faith, and beauty. I create images that compete against stereotypes or any negative character tropes. I create work that captures the plight and magnificence of wonderful people who have faced adversity but prevail because there is no other route.
Valuing comfort and smooth vibrations contributes to my artistic process heavily. Being able to step out of bed and touch my canvases is a real asset to my art making. The immediacy of my workspace allows me to constantly breath energy into my work and reflects on things I like and don’t like as I move through the pace of each piece.
The work I create, I would say, is holistically collaborative in that sense– needing models to portray the themes I desire in each piece & needing music to uplift, give energy and breathe life into my body and soul as I create.
During my creative seasons my room becomes my ideal concert. I craft playlists to listen to that consists of DJ mixes, local artists, international phenomenon’s. Old, new and in between. Artists that all inform my mood, the rhythm in my brushstroke, and my sway as I walk away from my canvas to make changes and capture the full essence of what I’m working on.”
Imani’s selection of House of Marley listening gear – the Liberate XL over ear headphones in Saddle.
On August 30th we will be sponsoring our second event with The Culture LP featuring Imani’s work as it relates to the wonderful works of Lauryn Hill and “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill” album. The pop-up exhibition and silent auction titled, #StillMisEducated, will take place on August 30th in Brooklyn. Tickets are now available.
View more of Imani’s artwork.