New WoCA Shows
In continuing its mission to provide gallery space for female artists of color, WoCA Projects has lined up two shows that will run concurrently through June 7: Joy Ude’s From Black to Daylight: Caricatures, Obscurities, and Cultural Illuminations and Coco Rico’s Eco-impressionism: The Visual Journal.
A native Angeleno and an MFA candidate in printmaking at the University of Dallas, Rico describes her work as “a visual journal.” A collection of drawings documenting her childhood memories and her parents’ farmwork, Eco-impressionism features personal mythology, symbols, and leaves, branches, birds, and small, mostly illegible writing with allegorical meanings.
Whereas Rico looks inward for inspiration, Ude draws a tight focus on America, specifically the bloody crossroads where institutional racism and black America meet. An MFA candidate at the University of North Texas, Ude believes caricature imagery is at the root of current problems plaguing young African-Americans. Sketches, computer-aided design, and both fiber- and metal-specific techniques are just some of her approaches.