The Girls Who Spun Gold
I delicately weave stories concerning circumstance, value, and power and use my work to create a physical and allegorical space presented through a Black feminine lens. I am drawn to matters of sexuality and intimacy, calling upon my lived experience as a girl, woman, and mother. The result is an environment that is dependent upon the belief that alchemy takes place in the tangible world. And that in order to maintain resiliency, a magical outlook is necessary. The Girls Who Spun Gold is a series of collaborative photographs that were made with a group of teenage girls in response to our time together in a Girl Empowerment group at Southside Community Center in Ithaca, New York.
Nydia Blas is a visual artist living in Ithaca, New York with her husband and three children. She holds a B.S. from Ithaca College, and received her M.F.A. from Syracuse University in the school of Visual and Performing Arts. She currently serves as the Executive Director of Southside Community Center, a historically Black community center in downtown Ithaca. She is a recipient of the 2018 Light Work Grant, and her new series Whatever You Like was recently on exhibition at Over The Influence gallery in Los Angeles. Her work is featured in the book Mfon: A Journal of Women Photographers of the African Diaspora. She has completed artist residencies at Constance Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts and The Center for Photography at Woodstock. Her work has been featured in New York Magazine, The New York Times, The Huffington Post, Dazed and Confused Magazine, Strange Fire Collective, Lenscult, Yogurt Magazine, PDN, Fotografia Magazine, and Vogue. nydiablas.com