Sylvia Theuri (PhD), artist, educator and researcher based in the West Midlands.
CV available on request.
Sylvia Theuri works with digital media. Her work is centred around geographical locations and Black women’s sense of place. She is concerned with exploring the reconceptualisation of spaces by Black women.
Her creative process begins with the colour black digitally painted over existing maps of places. In that instance the act of painting ‘black’ stands in for the body-skin-identity-presence, challenging and redefining spaces. She works over the black with bright colour, depicting places as she sees them. Turning the ‘unfamiliar’ context/location into a ‘familiar’ one, questioning its ability to become 'home'. bell hooks writes in 'Art on my mind' (pg 73) that 'learning to know...a landscape is a homecoming. Creating a vision of that...landscape is a homemaking'. Sylvia works at both a ‘homecoming’ and a ‘homemaking’, a remapping of locations that she is drawn to, aware that notions of ‘home’ and ‘belonging’ are complex, fluid and ever changing.
Her choice to use digital media to create her artwork is an acknowledgement of who she is - a mother- for whom time is limited, the creation of art work fitted in and around motherhood. With digital media allowing her to create in those free moments.