Welcome To Kianga Jinaki Art!!!
Welcome to my world! As a fiber artist the soft-sculptures, quilts, and mixed-media collages that I make all represent the stories that my mind, my heart, and spirit are able to tell with my hands. These story-pieces share with the world the beauty that I see, the pain that I feel and the wisdom that has carried me through the challenges that I’ve faced. A daughter of the diaspora, I incorporate African textiles, glass, clay, metal beads, bone, artifacts, photographs, and text into my art pieces. I also create my own textiles by painting, stamping, tie-dying, quilting or sun printing. Ninety percent of the sewing, embellishing, and manipulating of the textiles incorporated in my work is sewn by hand and not by machine. Because so much of my process is self-taught my work has a ‘folk art’ feel to it. I research the concepts that I wish to include to make sure I am representing them accurately, especially if I’m including some ancestral component or cultural reference to a specific art piece. As an artist I want to share the power and beauty of a captured moment…..of a captured experience. Romare Bearden once said: “It’s not so much what you see when you look at a painting… but what you feel.” I want the beauty of my work to capture you and the message of my work fill you.
The 9th Annual African-American Fiber Arts Exhibition: Maya Angelou May 8 - June 21, 2015 City Hall, South Charleston, North Carolina
Collaboration African Diaspora, Feb 17 - Mar 20, 2015 Palm Beach State Collage Eissey Campus
Roots Of Racism: Ignorance and Fear, Sept 2002- Sept 2004, Artist In Embassies Program, Sponsored by the U.S. State Department, U.S. Embassy Islamabad, Pakistan
Ruby Award for Artistic Excellence 100 Black Women West Palm Beach Chapter, June 17, 2000
Neighborhood Arts Residency Program 2000 Grant Recipient, Palm Beach Cultural Council
Neighborhood Arts Residency Program 1999 Grant Recipient, Palm Beach Cultural Council