Jasmine Murrell

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Strong Arms that Withstand Broken Backs and Broken Hearts #3, Mother of Mother’s series (40″ x 30″), C-print, $600


As a child living in Detroit, I was constantly inspired by the indomitable spirit, humor and inventiveness of my community. Though I grew up amidst the decline of the auto industry and often-violent urban decay, the people of Detroit never ceased to reinvent themselves in the midst of overwhelming hardship. Thus my work is an extension of this resilient black body. Though trauma, subjugation, and historical erasure have created deep cultural wounds, there remains, without fail, an irrepressible urge for transformation, evolution, and ascension. It is this undefined and indestructible spirit that inspires my work, which includes installation, sound, multimedia, sculpture, land art, and film.