Born in Brooklyn, New York, and raised in Spring Hill, Florida, Deyjah Stewart is an artist who explores solitude through mixed media processes. Based in North Texas, Deyjah studied studio art with a concentration in painting and drawing at Texas Woman’s University where she received her BFA in May 2022. Her work has been exhibited across North Texas including, Arts Fort Worth, the John Weinkein Student Exhibition juried by Deedra Baker, the 500x Gallery, TWU’s Student Union Gallery in Hubbard Hall, the VALA Gallery in McKinney, TX, and the Patterson Appleton Arts Center in Denton, TX. She is currently showcasing as part of the New Texas Talent Exhibition at the Craighead Green Gallery in Dallas, TX juried by Terri Provencal and Chris Stewart. Deyjah has also been awarded the winner of the 2022 TAC juried competition.
I make figurative mixed media artwork that focuses on the theme of solitude and reinterpret how we perceive it. In my work, I strive to dig deeper into the theme of solitude by exploring its connection to understanding my place in the world through concepts of home and family, memory, sense of place, childhood, and selfhood. I experiment with fiber, beads, figurative subjects, mixed media, and collage as a process.
Personally, I claim solitude as a space for using art as a cathartic and therapeutic practice to cope with the trauma of losing a loved one and to build interpersonal relationships as part of bonding with others. Art making is a space for whimsical revelations of my identity to break away from the political and social issues many contemporary artists confront.
My process is open-ended and intuitive. Working with mixed media, I am inspired by materials and curious to know how they can enhance my artwork’s meaning. As my preferred medium, mixed media allows me to easily and freely express what I want to say, allowing me to experiment with a mixture of three-dimensional and two-dimensional elements.