ARTIST STATEMENT: Jamila grew up in New England, though the journey of her spirit seems to have traversed much of the Eastern world before arriving in Boston. She moved to New York City in 2004 to study English and American Literature with a focus on Poetry and the Renaissance, including Middle Eastern, Gender and Women's Studies. After moving to Brooklyn in 2008 and returning to the world of visual art, her research also incorporated religion, spirituality and the various physical sciences. She relocated to New Mexico in summer 2011, lulled by the desert, inspired by the sky.
Jamila's mixed media works marry the painted picture with recycled, organic and synthetic materials. Whether plant matter or manmade textiles, the 3-dimensional texture of her pieces is a frequent metaphor for the fabric of physical reality; the undercurrent of her various series being the nature of consciousness. Also a poet and essayist, her approach to creation blends the power of thought and image - her words and visual works inspire one another in a symbiotic relationship. For the written word and graphic picture are one and the same, as painting is silent poetry (Plutarch).
Raided brilliance 2010 fabric, glass, spray paint on stretched canvas
absolution 2009 acrylic, fabric, glass on canvas
healing 2009 acrylic, oil, fabric on canvas
palimpsest 2009 acrylic, fabric on foam board
I washed my hands, again, and again 2009 acrylic, flowers on canvas
He held them together 2009 acrylic, metallic tint, leaves, pods on board
It wafted out of my dream 2009 acrylic, spray paint, plant matter, pussy willows on canvas
Nefertee 2008 acrylic, bamboo, cat whisker on canvas
No one else saw 2009 acrylic, spray paint, metallic tint, tree matter on canvas
Scattered, like memory 2009 Acrylic, leaves on canvas on canvas
What have you manifested lately? 2009 acrylic, flowers on canvas
You can be too careful 2009 Acrylic, spray paint, seed pods on canvas
Look at this grand welcoming 2009 acrylic, spray paint, pine cone on canvas
Cecilia 2010 acrylic, fabric, chain on canvas Martyred in Italy sometime in the 2nd or 3rd century, it is believed that she suffered with her husband, brother and a Roman soldier. She is reported to have sang to God as she was dying. For this rea
Agatha 2010 acrylic, fabric on canvas Born of a noble family, Agatha of Sicily dedicated her virginity to God, refusing the advances of Roman prefect Quintianus, who in turn persecuted her for her Christian faith in the mid-3rd century. S
Elizabeth 2010 acrylic, fabric, studded chain on canvas There have been several saints named Elizabeth from Biblical times, including the mother of John the Baptist.
Saint Elizabeth Romanova, Grand Duchess of Russia, sold her collection of jewelry to ope
Perpetua 2010 acrylic, fabric, chain on canvas A married and nursing woman, Perpetua was martyred in the Roman province of Carthage, in Africa, along with her slave, Felicity, sometime in the 3rd century's first decade.
Perpetua kept a journ
Anodynus 2010 acrylic, fabric on canvas Noun. Latin.
From Greek anodynos, meaning "free from pain."
an - "without" + odyne - "pain."
A word perhaps from PIE* root -ed - "to eat" (compare, from the
from left: (1) Catherine, (2) Sekhmet, (3) Innana 2010 acrylic, fabric on canvas (1) Catherine: Noted scholar and martyr of the 4th century, she is said to have succeeded in converting many to Christianity, including the Roman Emperor Maximinus's wife and several of his philo