Nydia Blas’ God Works in Mysterious Ways

Nydia Blas
God Works in Mysterious Ways
30×20, archival inkjet print, artist’s proof, signed on verso

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Ones to Watch artist Nydia Blas’ work has recently been featured in the New York Times, T Magazine, Washington Post and has been exhibited at the Los Angeles Center for Photography. The distinct style of Nydia Blas is portrayed here as a decisive moment orchestrating a larger narrative investigating power and resiliency.


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"I almost felt that I betrayed something, someone, by stepping on this land. Not realizing how implicit all the land is, all the people are. But, a world of Blackness I found. One that soothed something in me, that I wanted to break back together."

This photograph is from a new body of work entitled, I Came Into This World High as a Bird. It will be released in a book from Fall Line Press. It explores my short time living in the South, as a Northerner and the complicated history concerning race: pain, power, magic in the United Sates. It is inspired by new sights, sounds, smells, and the album ATliens by Outkast.

Nydia Blas is a visual artist who grew up in Ithaca, New York and currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia. She holds a B.S. from Ithaca College, and received her M.F.A. from Syracuse University in the College of Visual and Performing Arts. She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Art and Visual Culture at Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia. Her photographs have been commissioned by The New York Times, The Atlantic, The New Yorker, The Washington Post and more.

Nydia uses photography, collage, video, and books to address matters of sexuality, intimacy, and her lived experience as a girl, woman, and mother. She delicately weaves stories concerning circumstance, value, and power and uses her work to create a physical and allegorical space presented through a Black feminine lens. The result is an environment that is dependent upon the belief that in order to maintain resiliency, a magical outlook is necessary. In this space, props function as extensions of the body, costumes as markers of identity, and gestures/actions reveal the performance, celebration, discovery and confrontation involved in reclaiming one's body for their own exploration, discovery, and understanding.