Boi Boy is a Kansas City native who got their start in the KC art community while working with MYARTS (Metropolitan Youth Art and Technology for Students) . They graduated from the KCAI in 2016 from the Fiber Department, at their graduation they received the Mentorship Award. While in school, they interned with Peggy Noland, MYARTS, and Plug Projects. They also had solo exhibitions at Undergrads Underground at the Leedy Voulkos Art Center and Vacant Farm. Since graduating, they have worked on Electrosexual and Soft Leather events, as well as installations for J. Ashley Miller's Echosis opera , Plug Pong (a fundraiser for Plug Projects), and The Kemper Gala After party. They are currently a Charlotte Street Foundation studio resident. During their time in the residency they have shown work at Lindquist Press, Paragraph Gallery, and Jupiter DIY.
My work utilizes a personal narrative to address universal experiences related to the idea of home, spirituality, memory, and identity. I work as an interdisciplinary artist to explore these relationships, creating work that is often tactile and tangible in a playful, oversaturated and over stylized manner. A component of my practice has been the creation of a personal dogma of symbolism and color that draws from my religious upbringing and dissociative experiences.
I am fascinated with the moment right as you wake up from a dream. That brief second when you have one hand in reality and one in your subconscious. You are blissfully unaware of what happened yesterday and what you have to do today. For a moment you are conscious and aware of your own dream like state which will soon become a fleeting memory. These moments of impossible existence that inspire self transcendence and detachment from reality happen every day of our lives, but are swiftly forgotten. In my work I attempt to recreate these moments of escapism.
My work functions as a series of shrines build around this idea, using found and constructed objects as contemporary talismans to create a narrative. I use color, light, smell and sound to lure people into the work based on the aesthetic quality, then reveal a more complex and often cryptic narrative. Playing with tactility with a mix of traditional and nontraditional fiber materials and process.