Maiya Lea Hartman

Region: Midwest

 I am interested in how memory intersects with place, and how it shapes the Black experience.

By placing figures in undefined landscapes, I question how attachment to land, home, culture, and community has impacted personal and collective Black histories. Drawing from my own history and an extensive archive of family photos, I create visual representations that explore the complex interplay between Black people, the places we inhabit, and our sense of belonging. Through the merging and distorting of family photos from various locations and timelines, I create a world where the figures are not bound to their environment. This process highlights how time and perspective can manipulate memory. The resulting artworks reflect idealized representations of childhood memories, and utilize materials and motifs intended to evoke nostalgia and celebrate Black resilience and beauty, while also challenging traditionally represented norms.