M. Florine Démosthène’s (born in the United States and raised between Port-au-Prince, Haiti and New York) works portray otherworldly dystopian characteristics through multi-media and collage. The combination of her figures considers the Black female body as a myriad of collective experiences beyond immediate interpretations based on sensuality.
Démosthène’s work envelops flesh and form amongst evanescent backdrops and the use of mylar enhances the lack of permanence in the background, suggesting the figures are translucent and floating. The artist lures you into a phantasmagoric sphere with her sparkly surfaces and her amphibious marble-like figures often adorned with aquatic accents. Between reverie and reality, dream and nightmare, possibility and actuality, plunging the viewer into her intertwined almost science-fiction dimension.
Démosthène is the recipient of a Tulsa Artist Fellowship, Arts Moves Africa Grant and a Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant. Her work can be seen at the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art (Washington D.C), University of South Africa (UNISA) (Pretoria, South Africa), Lowe Museum of Art (Miami, FL), the CCS Bard College Hessel Museum of Art (Annandale-On-Hudson, NY), and in various private collections worldwide.