Lehna Huie is a multi-disciplinary artist, educator & cultural worker exercising a belief in multi-vocal art. Lehna is a working artist and mother born and raised in New York City. Learn more about Lehna’s work below. Email Lehna.Huie@gmail.com for inquiries.
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Lehna Huie is a multi-disciplinary artist, educator, and cultural worker of Jamaican heritage born and raised in New York City. Trained in painting, Huies practice seeks to expand traditional modalities of its craft–to create a new language centered in abstract storytelling.
Huie is interested in uplifting stories of Black life as a means to explore connections in the African Diaspora. Her work concentrates on themes such as spirituality, non-linear time and remembrance highlighting communications with her departed relatives and ancestral guides. Huies practice weaves together these personal narratives of city life with Pan African and Caribbean imagery to make the unseen realms, seen.
Often layered with diverse materials: paint, plaster, sawdust and beads, Huies work brings forth a symphony of moods through a hybrid of representational portraiture and abstract expressionism. A long-time arts eductor, Huie is deeply committed to the fusion of arts and social change as a path to liberation. She is currently an MFA candidate at MICA’s Hoffberger School of Painting ‘21.
Lehna is an advocate for artists rights, reproductive justice and for survivors of domestic violence and often does design work and workshops for organizations and grassroots communities. Collaboration and community are key components in her work.
Please email Lehna.Huie@gmail.com for inquiries
“So, transform yourself first… Because you are young and have dreams and want to do something meaningful, that in itself, makes you our future and our hope. Keep expanding your horizon, decolonize your mind, and cross borders.”
PHOTO FROM A MUral workshop Lehna facilitated as a teaching artist with groundswell community mural project
Lehna is an advocate for artists rights, families, reproductive justice rights and for survivors and often does design work and workshops for organizations and grassroots communities. Collaboration and community are key components in her work. Lehna has a deep interest in storytelling and encouraging others to celebrate what is unique to their reflection and identity through art making workshops. Lehna has led several collaborative community mural projects and women’s wellness workshops that use the process of movement exercises, dialogue and art making as expressive tools for healing and exploration.
For inquiries please email Lehna.Huie@gmail.com
“Painting is a spiritual dance between my self and my hand. The energy, vision, and passion are the vessel for the desires and truths that flow out of it. It is the inevitable chain reaction- from the soul, to the mind, to the heart, transforming empty space.”
Since 2012, Lehna has been exploring media in her practice. She is currently directing a film project, called “ To Move Mountains” which highlights the stories of revolutionary Black women. To learn more, please visit www.tomovemountainsfilm.com
To Move Mountains is a documentary film that highlights the lives of Nina Angela Mercer, dequi kioni sadiki and Chanel Porchia- Albert. The film aims to faithfully capture the work and lives of these important cultural organizers for liberation. It highlights each woman's connection to personal power, the land and the communities and lives that they impact.
Director Lehna Huie