Lamiah Gholar [Chicago, IL] is an artist + designer, wellness worker, digital storyteller and founder of lifestyle brand Weki Anchi. Formally trained in painting + sculpture from age 9 through her undergraduate BFA studies at University of Illinois, she is currently using her studio practice to embrace fragmented identity as a channel for exploration in myth making and folklore. Her childhood upbringing in rural Mississippi and lineage of West African + Native American farmers serves as impetus for the research of African diasporic visual + material culture of Southern USA. Her process oscillates between painting, printmaking, photography, drawing, sculpture, sound + collage. Weaving together narratives rooted in metamorphosis by way of tradition breaking and subsequently building, visual cacophonies emerge through the process of scavenging and assembling various motifs, marks, and colors.
Aside from her work as a studio artist, Gholar is a RYT-200 Certified yoga instructor and emerging tastemaker of her generation, with her eclectic lens on life being sought out by editorial powerhouses such as Vogue, Paper Magazine, Coveteur, The New Yorker and more.