Family history and personal experiences inspire Deyjah Stewart to explore the theme of solitude as a human condition in relation to personal experiences through mixed media processes including drawing, painting, fibers, collage, figuration, and installation.
Born in Brooklyn, New York, and raised in Spring Hill, Florida, she is a mixed-media artist 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 2022. She has her first solo show at Arts Fort Worth, in Fort Worth Texas in 2023.
Stewart’s 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 participated in the XXIX New Texas Talent Exhibition at the Craighead Green Gallery in Dallas, TX, and is currently showcasing work at Kinfolk House for the Spring 2023 exhibition Woven Together.
Deeply rooted in experiences of loss and a sense of place, my work explores the reconceptualization of solitude as a human condition in relation to personal experiences. I am interested in how solitude coincides with the concepts of past and present, home and family, memory, imagination, childhood, and the self. I am inspired by the subtle traits we express, objects we carry, everyday actions, and conversations in our lives–how these little things associate us with our departed loved ones as another form of their presence and link to our deepest selves. Infusing mixed media, fiber processes, collage, installation, figuration, and painting, I create domestic objects that tell the story of my family history.