Window On Hudson presents Chimba “Reproducing Life: Conception” on display now through June 28, 2021. “Reproducing Life: Conception” is the beginning stage for a series of paintings by Chimba (Chiarra Jonelle Hughes Mba). These works, created on several large canvases as well as a variety of long wooden boards, mark Chimba’s first solo exhibition.
In the windows, the canvases present Women of the Earth, pregnant with child, hope, and history. A transformative journey distilled into one radiant image. Indoors, the boards are used to tell an entire story. These wordless images can be read like a graphic novel or cave painting, with the subject’s story unfolding as you follow their journey through beginning, middle and end. Chimba’s painting style is a blend of natural African tribalism and the fluid movements learned from modern fashion design.
Chimba describes “Reproducing Life” in the following way, “This body of work – I don’t think it is an accident that it is called a ‘body’ of work – is about reproduction and what it means for the Woman. We can birth so many things other than a child. Birth can have a healing effect on the mother and extended family. Throughout time a birth has been a cause for celebration – more so in the past. The language I use on my canvases reflects that time.
“I am curious about the journey of all Women. Pregnant Women. Mothers. Mother Earth. Queens. Our roots. I paint myself. I am curious about my own journey. My journey, my artistic journey and my life’s journey, changed as I worked on these paintings. If you try to make everything as it should be, it won’t become what it can be.”
Chimba was born and raised in Hudson, NY. She studied fashion design at the Fashion Institute of Technology.
An Artist’s Reception will be held Saturday, June 12 from 6-8pm as part of the 2econd Saturday Hudson Gallery Crawl. Window On Hudson will be open to the public from 5-9pm. Window On Hudson takes Covid-19 seriously and will take all current safety precautions.
Window On Hudson is two large storefront windows located at 43 South Third Street, in Hudson, NY. The windows are prominently visible 24/7 to all citizens and visitors of the City of Hudson traveling south on NY-9G. Window On Hudson offers storefront window exhibition space for artists of all mediums who are in Hudson and the Hudson Valley. Window On Hudson is committed to providing a platform for established and developing artists to display their work, of all mediums, while also offering professional development opportunities for emerging artists. Window On Hudson exhibits a new artist on a monthly basis. Artists interested in submitting their work may do so by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or visiting the website WindowOnHudson.org.
DATES/TIMES: May 5 – May 31, 2021 / visible 24/7
Artist’s Reception will be held Saturday, June 12 / 6 – 8pm
LOCATION: 43 South Third Street, Hudson NY 12534