As early as 3 years old, Corinne became a student of watercolors and acrylics while under the tutelage of her maternal grandmother. Art and creativity quickly became, and are still, an integral part of her daily bread since.
After graduating college with a BFA in Graphic Design, she worked in the field for a while but became jaded after the death of her father. The need for more human interaction, freedom and physicality led Corinne to become a licensed massage therapist while continuing to freelance design and paint. She’s greatly influenced by the stories of us—exploration of form, emotion, feminism, culture/ethnicity, history, social constructs, spirituality, and her own misadventures as a “tall southern biracial bbw with hair and soul as wild as the day is long”—her heritage is a big source of personal pride and curiosity. Simply, she’s a figurative artist with penchants for acrylic paints, love, the underdog and that wide open space outside the box.
Inspired by human condition and spiritual fortitude, most of my current work is a tribute to enough—having had enough, recognizing being enough—raw dignity, advocacy of feminine power and endurance, positive and dynamic Black representation, and the fight for the greater good.
These last few years, 2020 in particular, have loudly and boldly shown us a mostly hidden ugliness that exists among society, yet also revealed a resilience, righteousness and complex beauty dwelling within us too. Despite the opposition of blind complacency, denial, and the bevy of emotions swirling about (like anger, frustration, desperation, fear to name a few), we turn a spotlight to injustices, and we show up and show out to rally against them with our middle fingers high and our best foot forward. There is brazen hope, there is love and mercy, there is relief, and inclusive higher ground to stand firmly upon with fearless pride, unequivocal resolve and an unwavering knowledge that Black people, like all people, matter too.
What does “Gaze” mean to you & how do you connect it to your work?
it means “staring back”…lock eyes and challenge the stares and glares. this piece “they say it’s s’pose ta rain” is specifically about looking at the adversity and not batting a lash…been there, done that, STILL wearing my crown despite it all.
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