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Nydia Blas

Nydia Blas

I Think It Pisses God Off If You Walk By The Color Purple In A Field Somewhere And Don’t Notice It

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February 3rd 2022 | 16:00

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The Artist

Nydia Blas is a visual artist who grew up in Ithaca, New York and currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia.She holds a B.S. from Ithaca College, and received her M.F.A. from Syracuse University in the College of Visual and Performing Arts.

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I Think It Pisses God Off If You Walk By The Color Purple In A Field Somewhere And Don’t Notice It

Communion is a collection of photographs where notes of magic and reality intertwine to create a physical space for the subjects to reside and contemplate themselves, on their own terms. It is a compilation of personal artwork and photographs made for commissioned projects about Black girl magic, spirituality, religion, and poetry. The images speak to the love, support, celebration, and understanding that are experienced in intimate relationships, specifically between women.

When I speak of magic, I am talking about belief. The choice to believe in that which we may not see. A fine line between what is real and what may be other worldly. It can be as modest as a beautiful light that comes through the window and dances tenderly on the wall. Maybe these moments are confirmation that we should be here, that we are seen, that there is love, that there is god...

Concerning the title

'COMMUNION' - the sharing or exchanging of intimate thoughts and feelings, especially when the exchange is on a mental or spiritual level.

The color purple symbolizes the supernatural, royalty, wealth, magic, spiritualism, and mystery...

The film, The Color Purple was released in 1985 when I was just four years old. I remember watching it as a girl and being intrigued by the characters, costumes, and music. I returned to it as an adult as a better way to understand my photographic work, particularly through my early interaction with imagery. The Color Purple was the first time I saw Black girls and women exchange knowledge, care, and support in an intimate setting, on a screen; in a movie. It was a reflection. A powerful depiction, of what I had witnessed in my own life and how I wanted my work to function. My subjects hold space for themselves and one another. These images reveal the stickiness of intimacy.

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