CHOKE

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CHOKE (Creating. Her. Own. Kinetic. Energy.) is a self taught artist who started off in the streets of Virginia, DC and Maryland. By the age of 12, she knew that art was her life path and that school just wasn’t her forte. She ended up getting her GED from T.C. Williams High School a few short years later and began her journey as CHOKE. Since then, CHOKE has been across the country a few times over, painting at jazz, hip-hop, rock, poetry, and numerous open mic shows. With a belief in the organic relationship between music and painting, CHOKE thrives in creating her pieces live and on the spot during these shows.

Her works are unique, bringing forth an energetic burst of technique and symmetry enjoyed by her fans. You will see that she is most inspired by the Sun, a rich Taino Indian (Puerto Rican) and Aztec (Mexican) heritage along with a love for anything of color. She pays homage to her ancestors with every piece she does, by putting a bit of soul into every art form. Paintings, jewelry, sculptures, photography, and styling all make up the many facets of her depth. Choke has remained consistent in creating her own styles and concepts in the art world. As she continues to grow and paint she will express everything that is naturally within her…

Artist Statement

A live demonstration will take place and is an interactive installation encouraging patrons to channel their emotions good or bad unto the canvas alongside CHOKE as she uses paint-filled SuperSoakers and other miscellaneous "Paint-Riot" methods to create what will be the backdrop to the latest of her "Storm before the Calm" series. She suggests the special use of red and blue 3D glasses to view the works during and after the installation to see yet another level of creativity behind her masterpieces.

Exhibited Work

So Close Yet So Far

2015
Acrylic
3’x4’

Targeted Essence #1

2015
Acrylic and charcoal
9”x9”

Targeted Essence #2

2015
Acrylic and charcoal
9”x9”

Target Essence #3

2015
Acrylic and charcoal
9”x9”

Keep Your Focus

2015
Acrylic
3’x4’

About this Article

This article was originally created as part of SOMArts Cultural Center's Making a Scene: 50 Years of Alternative Bay Area Spaces. To learn how to add or edit content please visit the Bay Area Society for Art & Activism's online History Collection Lab.

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