Trinity Davis: Black Utopia

Artist Statement

A Utopia is an imaginary community or society that possesses highly desirable or near perfect qualities for its members. In my work Black Utopia, I imagine this condition for women in my community. Inspired by artist Tyler Mitchell, my photographs describe self-love, empowerment, and intelligence. I am pushed to create lyrical, poetic, almost sculptural works, which foreground the elegance I see within the African American community. Knowing that a Black Utopia will never be obtained, I am inclined to create images with a futuristic, almost unsettling touch. Many of my photographs block or restrict visual access to the portrait subject by way of nature, referencing the impossibility of Black Utopia. I am highlighting African American women in a way which uplifts and counteracts negative stereotypes placed upon us by mass media.

About the Project

  • Title of Work: Black Utopia
  • Medium: 1 Framed Photography piece that is approximately 21 x 32. 3 smaller framed photography pieces that are approximately 8 x 10's.
  • Student's Name: Trinity Davis
  • Major: Digital Storytelling
  • Anticipated Graduation Date: 24-May
  • Hometown: Chicago, Illinois.
  • Student's Mentor: Joseph Johnson
  • Mentor's Department: Art