Shadow Shelf I, II & III
Acrylic on Paper
SHADOW SHELF by India Solomon
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As both urban planner and visual artist, India Solomon is deeply concerned with the impact of place on collective thriving. Solomon believes that feeling at home where we are, and having spaces to grow, play, live, shout, sing, create, do nothing, and gain familiarity with the unknown, are all birthrights. Often described as resembling pathways, streets, and the solar system, Solomon’s works are micro-maps of experience and emotion— a non-verbal monologue of how she came to be. Solomon was born in Sydney, Australia and raised in Detroit with Black & Anglo-Indian heritage. “PLACES” explores this heritage, and the artist’s commitment to a culture of global citizenship. Over the past year, Solomon has traveled to 11 cities across four countries, strengthening her understanding of the world where we all live, and at every stage, practicing the acts of universal love that keep us grounded. Solomon’s experimental works in this show reflect the depth of this journey, and those to come.
INDIA SOLOMON is a Detroit-based, abstract visual artist with roots on the city’s Westside and family across the globe. India paints as a means of wayfinding, releasing, and channeling a more grounded version of the present. Growing up, paintbrushes and half-finished paint tins were a staple in her mother's DIY household, and Saturdays at Grandma's house were spent gluing rhinestones onto homemade jewelry and manifesting high-fashion out of JoAnn’s fabric scraps. India’s life has always been deeply relational, and it shows in her work that she has had the privilege of learning love in many different forms. In her womanhood, India allows her creative thread to move subconsciously, channeling home, intuition, and movement into paintings that are what you need them to be.
India’s current art practice spans original paintings, mid-scale murals, thoughtful garments, and home goods. Beyond and through her artwork, India's work creates connections, communities, and collaborations that nurture talent, shift definitions of value, and help people thrive. India doesn’t have a favorite color, she’ll dance anywhere, and her permanent mood is 90’s R&B.