Candace Hunter


"Candace tells an exciting story of someone who can’t stay away from art, visualizing the loss to Africa in the same instant celebrating America’s needs in beauty and social justice."

Candace Hunter (chlee) creates collage, paintings, installations and performance art. Plainly, she tells stories. Through the use of appropriated materials from magazines, vintage maps, cloth, various re-used materials, she offers this new landscape of materials  back to the viewer with a glimpse of history and admiration of the beautiful. Her mixed media artworks are sometimes applause and sometimes rants – about the effects of politics and history mixed with a smattering of the now. She absorbs the tradition of remembrance art into daily practice. This personal story-telling is important as an act of meditation and mediation.

The untold stories of enslaved peoples, of women fighting for potable water, of children who never made it home for dinner and never would again, of men sitting on death row, and of the abducte daughterd of Chibok, are just some of the stories that Candace yearns to tell visually.

As plainly as the Speculative Fiction writer, Octavia Butler wrote, “I just knew there were stories I wanted to tell”, so, Candace is compelled to “write” these stories in color and shape and form. Lean in to hear the tales.