Adrienne Gaither (b.1987) is a visual artist whose work color and shape to recompose various ways of communicating an idea. Her works can be conceptual and narrative, serious and playful, and are distinctly constructed with influences of West African Patternmaking, Suprematism, Constructivism, Minimalism, the Bauhaus, and Abstraction.
She has exhibited at Strathmore in Bethesda, MD, The National African American Museum and Cultural Museum, Wilberforce, OH, PRIZM Art Fair at Miami Art Basel, and MoCADA (Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts) in Brooklyn, NY. Gaither lives and works in Washington, DC.
My work is rooted in the resistance of the hegemonic gaze and representation of socialized black trauma as art. We’ve been masters of color and form well before the invention of abstraction, minimalism, post-war abstract expressionism, the De Stijl movement, Suprematism, Constructivism, and the Bauhaus. Look no further than West African pattern designs, masks, quilt making. Color and form represent tribes, places, spaces, and who I am fundamentally. Understanding this knowledge and mastery is innately mine, I push color and form as my practice.
Practicing between traditional (painting, mixed media) and digital (graphic design) methods of art making, my work bridges the gap between the past, present, and future to transform familiar imagery and abstract forms into systematic imaginative compositions. Thematically, I attempt to highlight the struggle between what we believe we see, what we want to see, and what is actually there to be seen.