Artist Statement: A world without racism that provides sustainable equity would be a resilient space anchored in tranquility. We may never actualize the fullness of this safe space on earth but we can strive to create more care, love, and devotion to uplifting each other holistically.
Both pieces are available for purchase - see links and Open Commission Image below.
Acrylic On Canvas
12 x 9 x 0.6 in
(30.48 x 22.86 x 1.52 cm)
Acrylic On Canvas
30 x 24 x 1.5 in
(76.2 x 60.96 x 3.81 cm)
Louisville native, Marlesha S. Woods (she/her) is a dedicated visual artist, visual storyteller, creative placemaking strategist, writer, community researcher, visual arts educator, a member of the National Art Education Association and National Guild for Community Arts Education. She creates works that are translated into eco-friendly wearable art and creates exclusive designs for the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville, KY. Her artistry beyond wearable art expands to commissioned paintings including a focus on abstract expressionism intertwined with portraiture. Her work reaches beyond cultural and societal barriers, and her practice centers art as an essential component of public health and wellness. She graduated cum laude from Sullivan College of Technology and Design and studied Sociology at Indiana University where she holds a B.G.S. Pairing visual arts with advocacy Marlesha has partnered with non-profit organizations nationally within the U.S. to strengthen communities and spark much needed conversations including health equity, diversity and civic rights. She is the owner of newly launched Elsz & O Storytelling Gallery, an online interactive art gallery established in honor of two storytellers, sisters, Elsz & O to preserve & uplift narratives through interdisciplinary art, research, and design.