Interview with Destiny Palmer

Destiny Palmer is a 2017 graduate of the MFA program at Tyler School of Art at Temple University and of Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Destiny was co-founder of Traditions Remixed, an artist collective whose goal is to create a supportive community for young artists, especially artists of color, encouraging collaboration and networking. Palmer has been exploring and investigating what it means to be an artist and advocate for the arts. Palmer served on Boston’s Arts and Culture Team under new elected Mayor Marty Walsh. Palmer has also worked with organizations like Discover Roxbury, Dorchester Arts Collective and TLC Arts and Sciences Foundation, while also participating in exhibitions at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and Museum of Fine Arts. Prior to moving to Philadelphia, Palmer was a faculty member at Boston Arts Academy. As an educator her goals are to mentor students as they develop as young creators, especially in preparation for college and as artistic professionals

How does your work respond to the Prompt of Urgent Care?

Cautiously, I directly points at fear and anxiety a colored girl would have walking into a space that historically has only viewed her body as an experiment and never as a person. But claiming agency over her life requires having to face this truth, exist in space that is unfamiliar and requires the need to advocate for oneself.  Fainting wasn't meant for me is inspired after learning about my maternal family history and how my great great great great grandmother came to be owned. To understand he position in the world at that time I was important to understand history in context. Her expectations as a labor parallel the history of Victorian fainting rooms. Spaces meant for rest were not intended for the people who were forced to work. This piece explores gender roles, myths and history through fabric and the color scheele green.

Why is The Colored Girls Museum important?

Because there is no other space that creates a space for Colored girl artists to create a symphony of visual representations of and for colored girls.

What or who has influenced your work?

Overall the history of African American women is my inspiration. I utilize my family’s history as a launch point to investigate history through historical documents.