"Compositions"
2011-2015

Below are performance and pre-performance explorations of black female icons in popular culture. In the work I critique notions of power and exploitation by juxtaposing commercialized black women archetypes with degrading household objects. Through live performance, photo, sculpture, collage, and drawing, I seek to make sense of the contradictions that a woman may find in the media, the work place, the home, or the streets.

Documentation by Ryan McMahon, Wanakhavi Wakhisi, and Bobby Gonzales.

Compositions
Helina Metaferia Compositions graphic projection and linen bed sheets
More Bullsheet (Live Performance)
2015
graphic projection and linen bed sheets

Helina Metaferia Compositions graphic projection and linen bed sheets
More Bullsheet (Live Performance)
2015
graphic projection and linen bed sheets

Helina Metaferia Compositions paper, clay, beads, found material
Junk in the Trunk
2013
paper, clay, beads, found material

Helina Metaferia Compositions ink on sponges
Armor for Tough Girl Games
2014
ink on sponges

Helina Metaferia Compositions ink on toilet tissue
Play for Power Dress
2014
ink on toilet tissue

Helina Metaferia Compositions graphite on paper and toilet tissue
Queen Nefertiti Having a Sh*tty Day
2011
graphite on paper and toilet tissue
12" x 18"

Helina Metaferia Compositions graphite and paper on wallpaper
Nefertiti Having a Crappy Time
2011
graphite and paper on wallpaper
15" x 20"

Helina Metaferia Compositions ink, graphite, and paper collage
Suppose We Can Do This
2012
ink, graphite, and paper collage
12" x 15"

Helina Metaferia Compositions ink, graphite, and paper collage
Bad Mama Jama
2012
ink, graphite, and paper collage
17" x 24"

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