Destiny Palmer at SPOKE Gallery

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Spoke Gallery is proud to present a solo exhibition by Destiny Palmer entitled, Love Letter to a Black Woman.  The exhibition dates are April 4th to May 14th

For this solo show, Destiny created a new site specific installation comprised of her paintings, drawings and collages. The installation is an autobiographically response to the last year of Destiny’s life. The new piece is part of her body of work called F U Shine.

She shares, “Love Letter to a Black Woman is a site specific installation of paintings, collage and drawings. This installation is an autobiographical response to the last year of the artist. The work is part of the body of work called F U Shine. Fuchsine is the original name for colors described as purplish red, reddish purple, purplish pink or mauvish crimson, often referred to magenta or fuchsia. It is an extra-spectral color, meaning that it is not found in the visible spectrum of light. Rather, it is physiologically and psychologically perceived as the mixture of red and violet/blue light, with the absence of green. Fuchsine is a space that acts as a placeholder for an identifiable space by women of color bound by institutions. F U Shine is a play on the word Fuchsine. F U Shine is a reclamation of space using the power of healing through art and making.”

This is not the first time Spoke Gallery has had the honor to show her work. Destiny participated in a 2015 Spoke Gallery group show entitled, Mapping: The Dorchesterway- Part One. That group exhibition also featured the art work of Judy Bassard Brown, Leah Craig, Masako Kamiya, Larry Pierce, Joanna Tam, Johnetta Tinker, the late Joseph Wheelwright, and Thomas Willis.

About Destiny:  She had two solo shows in 2021: To Bare Witness, Simmons University and By hand, Roxbury Arts Group, Roxbury, NY Her work has been included in group shows at Wexler Gallery, Philadelphia, Pa; Newport Art Museum, Newport, RI; Long Sharp Gallery, Indianapolis, IN; New Art Center, Newton, MA; The Colored Girls Museum, Philadelphia, PA.  IN 2018 she received a St. Botolph Award. Locally, her artwork is in the collections of Simmons University Whittier Health Center Lincoln Property Company and the Aloft Hotel.  She has an MFA from Tyler School of Art/Temple University and a BA in Art from Mass College of Art & Design. For more information visit: destinypalmerstudio.com  

SPOKE is a nonprofit organization that activates art and culture to heal, resolve conflict, and build social cohesion across Greater Boston. Working alongside artists, youth, and community partners, SPOKE leverages the healing power of art to foster trust and empathy from which truth and reconciliation can emerge. Through 30 years SPOKE has advanced its distinctive vision of art as the threshold to transformation through cooperative public art, exhibitions, and creative youth development. 

Destiny Palmer:  Love Letter to a Black Woman

Love Letter to a Black Woman is a site specific installation of paintings, collage and drawings. This installation is an autobiographical response to the last year of the artist. The work is part of the body of work called F U Shine. 

Fuchsine is the original name for colors described as purplish red, reddish purple, purplish pink or mauvish crimson, often referred to magenta or fuchsia. It is an extra-spectral color, meaning that it is not found in the visible spectrum of light. Rather, it is physiologically and psychologically perceived as the mixture of red and violet/blue light, with the absence of green. Fuchsine is a space that acts as a placeholder for an identifiable space by women of color bound by institutions. F U Shine is a play on the word Fuchsine. F U Shine is a reclamation of space using the power of healing through art and making.

List of Work in Destiny Palmer’s Love Letter to a Black Woman

Site Specific Installation- All books in the site specific installation are from Destiny’s personal collection. Other installation elements: custom brown wall paint, hands -cut out of black mesh, vinyl drawings of cotton plants, work gloves, outdoor/welcome mats, and paintings (1-4).

Paintings- Left to Right (all 60”x48”)

  1. “Try Me”, Acrylic and Pastel on Canvas 2022
  2. “Hang over my head, but I’m not standing there”, Acrylic and Pastel on Canvas 2022
  3.  “Almost Category I”, Acrylic and Pastel on Canvas 2022
  4. “Topple Over”, Acrylic and Pastel on Canvas 2022
  5. “External negative space, it’s a balance”, Acrylic on Canvas 2022   

   (not part of the site specific installation)

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