Artshack is pleased to announce 'Small Gestures', a solo show by Keisha Prioleau-Martin. Keisha’s thirty-five figurative ceramics are whimsical, painterly and gestural. Bold and calm, figures sit on the ground or in imagined or actual grass. Through her works she created a world that is a sprawling track of creatures, each with a sweet narrative of their own while being a part of the whole. Keisha's characters are unselfconscious, content, and joyous. Figures dance, play, and dissolve into baths. They go back and forth between figure and clay body as if sprouting out of the very earth.
The sculptures are an extension of Keisha's painting work with considered touch. They are lumpy and ribbed and have the twisting movement of shifting weight. The work nods in reference to vintage ceramic bathroom wall decor and free standing figure collectables such as Young's Berry Hill bears and Megan and Friends, similar to Hummel's figures and the Precious Moments figurines that filled her childhood home.
Keisha Prioleau-Martin (b. 1995) is an artist based in Queens, N.Y. . She earned her BFA at SUNY Purchase in 2017. Keisha's work has been shown across New York, in Los Angeles, and Seattle, including in a solo art of Our Century Gallery in New York (hand over handle bars) and a lighthearted 2-person show at Ortega y Gasset (Footloose). Keisha is also a co-director at Underdonk in Bushwick.