Interview with Lavett Ballard
Lavett Ballard is an Artist, Art historian, Curator, and Author. She holds a dual Bachelor’s in Studio Art and Art History with a minor in Museum Studies from Rutgers University. She is currently a graduate candidate for her MFA at University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Her artwork has been exhibited in galleries, public and private institutions nationwide. She was a regional finalist for both New York & Philadelphia for the Bombay Artisan Emerging Artist competition. Her art has been included in literary, film, theater productions, and TEDx’s Philadelphia City Catalogue. Ballard’s style infuses Texture and Tones of Color to create whimsical and moving imagery to illustrate race and gender. Her art is distinctive in how she uses alternative materials and decorative style, which allows me to push the boundaries of how the medium of painting is perceived. Her current body of work is a diverse collection of narrative illustrations of people of African descent in a historical context. She uses formal elements of paint, charcoal, oil pastel, and collage, and combines them with reclaimed items.
What does The Colored Girls Museum mean to you and your artistry?
As an African American female artist that looks to create work that poses a positive reimagined visual narrative of our history, it is a necessary gem in our community that has been long overdue. The Colored Girls Museum is a visual lexicon of African diasporic female Self- identity. It offers opportunities for women in the arts to have their work considered and be seen where often we are overlooked. It offers the community a capsule to our stories told through our own creativity.
What or who has influenced your work?
The strong black women that are both heralded and unsung heroes of our past all are inspirations to my work. I feel a need to visually interpret their stories.