Emani was born and raised in Richmond, Virginia and has been doing art since she was little. She started pursuing an education centered around creativity and design in middle school and later graduated from the Center for the Arts at Henrico High School, with the discipline of visual art. Emani holds a B.S. in Visual Communication Design with a minor in Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development from Stevenson University in Baltimore, MD. Currently she is attending the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) for an MFA in Community Arts with a Certificate in the College Teaching of Art. There is little to no separation of art in her life, it surrounds her in all of the things she does. She is a teaching artist and designer who brings art into all of the spaces she enters.
I don't do commissions very often. But you could still contact me and ask on my inquiries page!
Artist Statement: I am learning about others in order to learn more about myself. My work is an expression and reflection of the world around me. My current emotions and personal nostalgia inform my work most often, even without intention. I am a teaching fine artist and designer who brings art into all of the spaces I enter.
Fun Facts: I am learning ASL (slowly lol), I am the oldest child, my favorite color is yellow, I started my locs on my own and still maintain them and I am transitioning to veganism. I have two middle names and the first is Nastalgia- hence the name Creative Nastalgia!
Imani (notice the spelling difference) is a Swahili word meaning 'faith'. In other cultures it means 'God is with us" and 'trust'. My grandmother named me this.
Nostalgia (again notice the spelling difference) is a English word. I am not sure why I was named Nastalgia, but I love it, and notice that I often have nostalgia in my everyday life.