I am creating work that challenges and expands the roles of the black archive, fashion, collaboration, family, and performance. Documenting and interpreting levels of blackness and archival methods through mixed media practice, installations, and art facilitation has allowed me to cultivate a visual language through my lived experiences by utilizing lens-based media, curation, black culture, publications, teaching, and workshops. To be an active participant, I created STOOP TALK and wearable (we are able) archive to make more space for black culture to be fluid and promoted through clothing and cooperative art making. With the NWA black and brown community, I transform art and educational tools as resources to decolonize and intentionally invest in community-led and driven art-centered spaces such as MY-T-BY- DESIGN and Hillfolk Studios to promote skill sharing, funding, representation, and discourse. My practice is rooted in making space for black and brown folks and for me to continue to be in better conversation with others and the question of how I can be a sifter of opacity and be in companion with my art, enabling it to speak. The practice will always be ongoing. I have coined
it as; footnotes as a love practice.
Larissa Ramey is a multi-disciplinary maker, entrepreneur, and arts organizer. She is pursuing her MFA in Photography at the University of Arkansas. Her work investigates and invests in the black archive, building community toolkits and workshops, and promoting care and resources within her social-artistic practice. Her interactive workshop STOOP TALK promotes and offers accessibility to art by actively participating in multiple disciplines of art made with love and solidarity. A significant part of her artistic practice is collaborating with the black and brown community to give access to the world of making, art education, and sustainable resources. Recently her works have been exhibited at Art>entures, The University of Iowa, and Canvas Rebel Magazine.