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Red Chair

Original Work by Kamoy Smalling
62 x 54 in. (157.5 x 137.2 cm.)
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    Oil on canvas, 2023.

    Artist's note: "In Red Chair, Kamoy explores the duality of identity against the backdrop of domestic space. Drawing from the influences of Pieter de Hooch and Vilhem Hammershoi, the painting features the applehead in two simultaneous moments of existence – seated confidently on a table in an interior room and standing oddly behind a door and facing a wall in the front room. One state basks in sunlight, the other shrouded in shadow, both coexisting in the same interior. The home and the various rooms therein is often where identity is first shaped and thus serves as an analogy for the unicursal journey to true self. Kamoy also incorporates the concept of time in this piece. The clock is set to 9:14am, (the time of her birth) in another nod to the idea of being in an ever ending state of rebirth and renewal"

    Meet the Artist

    Kamoy Smalling

    Kamoy (Kamoy Smalling, b. 1988, Bronx, NY): Kamoy creates oil paintings, drawings, films and installations that explore the human psychological terrain by showcasing moments of internal conflict, release, and reconciliation. Her haunting, yet inviting compositions often use avatars and dark humor to investigate the construction and deconstruction of the self through the lenses of race, femininity, and otherness.

    Raised in a conservative, insular religious community and bred in the orthodoxy of capitalistic infatuation, the New York-born artist’s works are heavily inspired by her journey and oscillation between identity portals and ways of being. Common themes examined include dynamic nominalism, the fluidity of identity, the fabrication of authenticity, and the juxtaposition of normalized notions of success and inadequacy.

    Self-taught, kamoy’s pieces seek to offer viewers a respite from the trite norms of categorical being. kamoy completed her undergraduate studies in Psychology and the History of Science from Harvard University before receiving her M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. She currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.


    Kamoy Smalling