"Self Portrait" by Audia Yvonne Dixon
Audia Yvonne Dixon is a painter and printmaker, who comes from a family of artists and matriarchs who continue to influence her work. Dixon obtained her Master's Degree in Studio Art from Fresno State, where she was a recipient of both the Graduate Dean and President’s Dean’s Medal in 2022 for her academic and community contributions to art. Her exhibitions and public art projects have been displayed at the Fresno Yosemite International Airport, 1418 Fulton in Downtown Fresno, Phebe Conley Gallery at Fresno State, and Bakersfield College. Dixon also has participated in collaborative murals such as Dulce Upfront’s “Lift Every Voice and Sing” mural tour. Currently, Dixon is an Art Instructor at Clovis Community College.
January 31 (3pm-6pm) in AC1 Lobby Gallery
Refreshments will be provided.
“Nostalgic experiences have a way of extending itself to reshape our personal fantasies and dreams. It can infiltrate our memories to make them a little more exaggerated and not merely as authentic. And yet, it is still a mysterious and well embraced phenomenon that nostalgia allows us to have the perfect homecoming - to return to a place and time where we long to relive.
My compilation of oil paintings and linocut prints dive into the phases of Black childhood, and their relationship to the natural world. With my deep interest in visually interpreting Black childhood nostalgia, it is channeled through personal memories, experiences and feelings towards racial awareness. I love to create Black figures depicting their individuality and childlike behaviors in environments of beauty and chaos; to which I find is an imperfect Edenic playground - a place where the present and past dwell all in one space. Inspired by the style of Dutch Renaissance art and Black American/African history, I create atmospheric landscapes that symbolize a gateway to an ideal and dream-like world , tied where Black innocence and nostalgia can coexist.”