Tasanee Durrett (1994) is a visual artist originally from Chicago, who lives and works in Orlando, Florida. She studied architecture at the University of Arizona (2017), where the Black human experience greatly influenced her. After escaping an abusive eight-year relationship, Durrett began translating her architectural influences into painting as an outlet for releasing emotions and regaining strength. Her artistic journey began as a quest for personal freedom and breaking free of psychological and emotional chains holding her back from embracing her true self. A principal theme in Durrett’s work is emotional healing, spiritual connectedness and space. Through abstraction, pointillism, and continuous contour line techniques, she takes an intricate approach, capturing moments of connection to the Black inner-self and ancestral roots.
Durrett's work has been exhibited at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, Orlando Museum of Art, Hyatt Regency Hotel in Orlando, and during Art Basel Miami (2022). Notable accolades include the 2023 Timucua Artist Residency in Orlando, Solo Exhibition at CREDO Conduit gallery, features in Orlando Foundation for Architecture, 1919 Mag, Blacque, and Sugarcane Magazine, plus exhibitions at PRIZM and AfriKin art fairs during 2023 Art Basel/Miami Art Week. Durrett invites viewers to explore emotions, healing, and celebration within the Black diaspora, showcasing the transformative power of overcoming challenges and finding prosperity.
Through the medium of painting, my artistic journey explores psychological healing, emotional transformation, and the spiritual connection that reverberates within the vibrant tapestry of the Black diaspora. I give voice to Black psychological and emotional healing stories that often remain unspoken. My figurative work is a testament to the resiliency of the human spirit, an ode to the endurance that defines Black experiences across generations. Within the vibrant hues and bold strokes of my work, you'll find a celebration of my Afro-Indigenous heritage, interwoven with intricate aboriginal patterns and vibrant flora that holds the stories of my ancestors. This mesh of colors and textures mirror the interplay of emotions and experiences within the collective consciousness of the Black community. Through acrylic paint and natural minerals, I transcend the tangible, using continuous contour line and pointillism techniques to capture a healing journey.
My artwork focuses on healing, empowering, and reconnecting Black communities to their roots and to each other. By highlighting the importance of nurturing Black psychological, spiritual, and emotional well-being, I invite viewers to connect to my work on a personal and spiritual level.