Calida Rawles: On the Other Side of Everything

There is a sense of freedom and almost subconscious fear about floarting in water. We understand the power of the ocean, the push and pull of the tide and the waves, the way our bodies feel in and out of the water, how gravitational pull works and how that simple act of flaoting or submerging yourself in the unknown is both cleansing and surreal. Calida Rawles is painting that idea of clarity and the surreal, the cleanse and the plunge. She’s creates a sense of photorealism with mystery, with an almost folkloric authorship. Her paintings of black bodies in water, a conversation and “critical investigation into the complicated relationships between race, narrative, and positionality,” are some of the most powerful…

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