My name is Charlecia Joy and Junkanoo, a cultural festival on Bay Street in Nassau, Bahamas is one of my many artistic influences. The sight of gaily adorned costumes and dazzling handcrafted floats filled my formative and adolescence senses. As a black woman of Bahamian and Haitian descent growing up in the melting pot of South Florida, I was engrossed in Caribbean culture.
Fortunately, my mother noticed my great artistic talent. Starting at the age of three, she began to nurture my passion. She then encouraged me to audition and attend Parkway Middle School of the Performing Arts. My portfolio was accepted, thereafter I attended Dillard Center for the Arts where my love for art grew exponentially. I carried this love with me as I ventured off to receive my Bachelors of Fine Arts in Theater Scenic Design from the University of Florida.
During my undergraduate career, my entire focus changed from creating for love to creating to obtain a degree, ultimately leaving me empty. Therefore, I left Florida in search of my first love, in the city of brotherly love. City Year was my ticket to Philadelphia, Philly has satisfied my artistic thirst in many ways. I was afforded the opportunity to plan beautification projects, paint murals, collaborate with communities, teach, and display my art .
At this stage of my artistic journey my works are filled with joy and exploration as I search for a more defined and mature voice. My recent works have been self reflective. The goal of my creative practice is to grow spiritually and culturally in order to enhance my knowledge of self, others, and to share my love, ART.
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