Taeesha Muhammad

category: Visual,

Contact & Info

  • ttm201@nyu.edu

Artist Statement

Taeesha M is a collagist, abstract painter, and arts educator. Her works inspire a dialog about the power of language as it relates to the African in the Americas from all Diasporas. Her art has always explored the human condition. As an African American Female, she has a distinct point of view of the world. There are so many layers; in learning about herself, as a Being, as a woman, and as a descendant of Africa in America, she sees the world through so many lenses. The things her works question is how we connect the past to the future, and how the citizens of this world connect with each other. It is a very open ended curiosity, because she allows the questions of relationships, interactions, vibes, emotions, the physical, and the spiritual. She is always looking for the synchronicity. In her works, there is also a great wonder about the way people are in their culture. How are we able to create the natural ebb and flow that is necessary to support and nurture each other? This is the language that connects us. Her work shows this merge of cultures, personalties, connections, and vibes in the human condition. During the pandemic, the events that played across the globe reached a different volume. The scope of the collections grew too in size and depth to include new themes and conversions. 

In connecting with the community at large, she is always looking for ways to assist others in finding their creative voices. Though thoughts, sketches and collaging, she helps others find the hidden artist in us all.


Educational Background

 EDUCATION:

  •  Advanced Certificate in Studio Art, New York University, May 2011
  • B.A. in Art History, New York University, May 2009

Artistry in Practice:

  • Professional Development Fellow, Staten Island Arts, January, 2021
  • Teaching Artist Fellow,  Arts Westchester,  November 2020 to Present 
  • Curator, What Does Liberation Look Like?, Virtual Exhibition and Artist Talk, Sponsored by GAMA, September, 2020 
  • Artist Residency, Boundaries and Connections, Governors Island, May, 2020 (postponed due to COVID-19) 
  • Asphalt Mural Project, Mural Assistant, Kim Crlino Studios, September, 2019
  • Pieces to The Dream, Lead Muralist, Middle School, September 2019
  • AAUW Award Fellow, 2018-2019
  • Artist Residency, Green Olive Arts, Morocco, February 2016

Teaching Artist Experience

  • Integrated Treatment Model BSS Coordinator, Childrens Village, August 2020 to Present
  • Teaching Artist, Team Up to Read, Brooklyn Public Library, January, 2020 to present
  • Teaching Artist, Babylon Youth Bureau, November, 2019 to Present
  • Creative Arts Coordinator, Clara Muhammad School, June 2016-September 2019
  • Child Life Assistant, Mount Sinai Hospital, August 2014-April 2015
  • Museum Educator/ Teaching Artist, Brooklyn Museum, December 2006-August 2014