Saya Woolfalk, ‘The Pollen Catchers Color Mixing Machine, Preparatory drawings for Murals at the Sugar Hill Children’s Museum’, 2015, Rush Philanthropic Benefit Auction 2015

Taking from the aesthetics of Afrofuturism, Saya Woolfalk creates multimedia work to create a new language. Her practice suggests a place that does not yet exist, luring the viewer into its psychedelic, vibrant, and dreamy landscapes. Woolfalk’s work has been exhibited at Leslie Tonkonow Gallery, New York, and in “Greater New York” at MoMA Ps1, New York. Her work can also be found in the collections of The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York and Tufts University, Medford, among others.

Image rights: Courtesy of the artist and Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects

About Saya Woolfalk

Mythological, folkloric worlds form the basis of Saya Woolfalk’s multimedia installations, which blend science fiction, metaphysics, anthropology, and genetics to explore perceptions of the present and future. In the “No Place” series, the artist imagines a fictional, futuristic universe. Inhabited by different classes of creatures who seek to disrupt hierarchies and systems of representation, “No Place” is inspired by ethnographic theories and anthropological satire. This macrocosmic civilization reminds viewers of the diversity of our own world and the relativity of our reality. Each of Woolfalk’s installations builds on previous works and sculpts a mythology extracted from an essential truth. Her art is rooted in a playful aesthetic inspired by Roland Barthes’s Mythologies, metamorphosis in Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, and contemporary Afrofuturist artists such as Jacolby Satterwhite.

Japanese-American, b. 1979