Annual art fair VOLTANY is fast approaching, and this year Bahamian artist Tessa Whitehead will be representing Popopstudios International Center for the Visual Arts. Following in the foodsteps of Heino Schmid, John Cox and Kendal Hanna – all of whom have upheld Popop’s name at VOLTANY – Whitehead will be one of the 100 exhibitors from 43 countries at the fair that is now in its ninth year.
Nominated by the Popopstudios board, Whitehead’s commitment to her practice made her stand out as a potential nominee. More recently, her work has involved everyday materials that are both found and constructed, like pieces of lumber, concrete and nails. Visionary ideas come through the most delicate and vulnerable of balances that are created with her sculptures. In her painting practice Whitehead layers oil paints to offer her viewers complex perspectives on light, shadow, newness and visible ageing and decay. In more recent times, she has been experimenting with size, creating works that are considerably large.
Wanting to select someone from the Popop community to represent the studios this year and believing that Whitehead’s newer movements would fit in with VOLTANY’s mission, the board chose her. From March 2-6, her works will be on display at Pier 90 in Hell’s Kitchen, New York, the location of this year’s festival.