The Artist Behind the Canvas

 

Current city: Seattle, WA

Perri Rhoden is a Seattle native abstract two-dimensional artist. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Howard University and recently returned to Seattle to continue her art career in the Pacific Northwest. She works with acrylic paints, color pencil and graphite on canvas, creating colorful non-objective designs, and emphasizing the female figure as her focal point. She encapsulates the sensual essence of femininity and uses color and line to express her ideas when she approaches a canvas. Her work has been on display on several local platforms such as, Theater Schmeater in Belltown, Black Dot in the Central Disctrict, Hillman City Collaboratory in South Seattle, Youngstown Art Center in West Seattle, and at Theatre Battery in Kent. Currently she works as a Development Assistant for Artist Trust, a local not-for-profit organization who's mission is to  develop practicing artists with professional career programs, grants, and resources.

 

"Many of my influences are from the musicians and artists that I admire. They are unapologetically bold and are unique within their industry. The music and fashion of Erykah Badu, Beyonce, The Roots, Betsy Johnson, Solange Knowles, and Gwen Stefani influence me. Also the poetry of Rupi Kaur’s ebook, Milk and Honey, speaks universal feminism, which embodies my philosophical beliefs about female empowerment. I actively try to represent the female body in the nude, not to provoke, but to celebrate our beautiful figures and to reiterate that the power of a woman lies within her. On the contrary, the media often redefines and objectifies womanhood. Although I seek inspiration from media sources, my goal is to restore and empower self-perception, and to illustrate the complex and beautiful attributes of women today." _Excerpt from Artist Statement