Ivy-Jade Edwards was born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee apart from two years in South Korea. She graduated from the University of Memphis with a BFA in studio arts, with a concentration in painting. Her work has been exhibited in various local group shows such as, “Memphis 10” Jack Robinson gallery and “Cahoots” Crosstown Arts. Outside of Memphis her work has been apart of two traveling and one out of state exhibitions, “HEAR OUR VOICE!” curated by Amplifier Foundation, “Unapologetically Indirect” curated by Clay Palmer, and the “61st Annual Delta Exhibition” held in Arkansas. Apart from gallery work, Ivy-Jade has taken part in public mural art projects for multiple local businesses and Shelby Oaks Elementary school.
The piece I am submitting falls along with recent work I’ve been doing with gouache. I have gravitated towards doing illustrations that revolve around themes of women, food, aquatics, and working with more limited color pallets. This series has led me to draw a parallel between women and food when it comes to ideas of consumption. In contrast to some earlier works, this piece is to be empowering yet simple. Just women being unapologetic for being in their own skin, doing whatever they want, knowing there is no right way to be a “woman”. That’s a small part what I believe it means to be a Nasty woman in the arts, saying screw any expectations on how you’re supposed to be from anyone, but yourself.