Eustace Mamba

Region: MFA Annual


City / State: Philadelphia, PA

 My interdisciplinary practice, which branches from painting into experimental design, sculpture, and digital media, is rich with autobiographical associations to my experience as a first born, first generation child of Antiguan immigrants. The artwork is an extension of my obsessive need to record complex contemporary thoughts and issues through simple expressions. Jute rope, cigarette cartons, and paint chips take on a new world of symbolic meanings, inspired by both unconscious and meticulously researched ideas.

I insert images, stories, and information pertinent to fostering stronger communities into my art, while actively resisting colonial ideals and expectations of fine art. As an artist, I strive to create a world that is less intimidating and more accessible to—and reflective of—people who have historically been unfairly represented in the fine arts. I have seen how art can be a tool for healing and community building, and I continue to find ways to use my experience as an art designer for a Philadelphia-based, Black HIV/ AIDS organization to inspire and impact the images I create today.