Painters & Sculptors Program 2019 Shikeith

Painters & Sculptors Program

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Shikeith

Pittsburgh, PA
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Shikeith is originally from Philadelphia, PA, and now lives and works in Pittsburgh, PA. He received a BA from The Pennsylvania State University (2010) and an MFA in Sculpture from The Yale School of Art (2018). Within overlapping practices of visual art and filmmaking, he investigates the psychological landscape of Black manhood. He has shared his work nationally and internationally through recent exhibitions and screenings that include The Language Must Not Sweat, Locust Projects, Miami, FL; Notes Towards Becoming A Spill, Atlanta Contemporary, Atlanta, GA; Shikeith: This was his body/His body finally his, MAK Gallery, London, UK; Go Tell It: Civil Rights Photography, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA; A Drop of Sun Under The Earth, MOCA LA, Los Angeles, CA; Labor Relations, Wroclaw Contemporary Museum, Poland; and Black Intimacy: An Evening With Shikeith and Rickey Laurentiis, MoMA, New York, NY.


“My artwork is an assemblage of wonder and personal truths that focus on the metamorphoses of Black men, especially within a society that denies these men their erotic and reconciliatory potential. I aim to make artwork that moves beyond a focus on bodies, into the deepness of our psyches where identities are formed and Black masculinity can be imagined as an indeterminate and unfixed space.”


  • Revisions, or standing where the deep waters of everything backed up, 2018, blown glass, ceramic, oxygen, 19th-century photograph, 4 x 2 feet

  • notes towards becoming a spill, 2019, haint-blue paint, LED lights, audio (30 minutes), mirrored glass sculpture, mud, Georgia red dirt

  • The Language Must Not Sweat, 2019, five-channel video projection, soil, sound, haint-blue lights, water

  • this was his body/his body finally his, 2017, plaster

Artworks shown are selected from works submitted by the artist in their grant application. All works are copyright of the artist or artist’s estate.