Where The Land And Our Bodies Intersect, 2022
Mithsuca Berry (they/them)
Series of four digital illustrations printed on fabric flags; series of four vinyl text installations.
Of their artwork, artist Mithsuca Berry says “This space is meant to serve as somewhere people can release their burdens: here lies a resting point after so much mourning. Here you can come together and experience the unapologetic love of the trees, grass, sky, and one another. Thank you for existing. My work is meant to affirm those in this space, and thank them for waking up to live another day, and encourage them to share this experience with their community.”
For me, art is medicine that heals. My art has supported me through several spiritual deaths, each one shedding any restrictions living in a white-/cis-/hetero-dominated society has placed on my body. In this lifetime, my vessel has absorbed so much trauma as a result of my mere existence. Society has always struggled with believing people like me exist – a constant, isolating practice of erasure. Therefore, my practice is also a form of archival work, as I document and build a visual lexicon of what I feel society ignores, erases, and hides.
My journey of coming into self is an inherently spiritual one. My self love, my healing, my play — they form a paradox that bends beyond our current reality. Though Blackness is the muse in my imagery, our collective need for physical, spiritual, and emotional health is universal. Healing should always be accessible – I see my work as a bridge between the viewer and their inner voice that facilitates that healing. My role as an artist is to provide that, and equip others with tools that they can bring back into their own communities.
Mithsuca Berry is a Haitian artist, educator, and storyteller based in Cambridge, MA. Each of their pieces marks an epiphany in their journey of healing trauma related to existing as a Black, queer, non-binary individual. Tenderly exploring art as the intersection between their inner child and expansive, intuitive self, Berry’s introspective work creates new pathways for collective healing and liberation.
The Greenway Public Art Program is exclusively funded through grants and private sources, including the generous support of The Barr Foundation, Goulston & Storrs, and the Boston Cultural Council/Reopen Creative Boston Fund administered by the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture.