This painting depicts four boys taking a dip in the ocean on a beach where an imaginary amusement park is located. The title of the work—“whirl(d)” in place of “world”—references fast movement, drawing attention to the shifts and changes that take place throughout the composition: the explosive colorful sunset, an MTA train on roller coaster tracks, the pigeons engaging with the youth in the sky and prewar buildings mimicking plants as they stand tall in clusters, leaning into one another. For the artist, this painting represents a destination or place where one longs to be and that offers the freedom to explore with ease. Each of the pigeons carries a ribbon with a message: “Delicate Whirl(d),” “Dream of a Land” and ”My Soul is From.” For this work, the artist also drew inspiration from the song "Afro Blue" by Robert Glasper Experiment and Erykah Badu.
This work is part of Madjeen Isaac's series of magical realist paintings that hybridize the artist's ancestral homeland of Haiti with her hometown of Brooklyn. These layered compositions bustle with kinetic energy and bursts with flora and fauna. The composition features Black and Brown people in scenes of activity, abundance, leisure and communality.
About her Flatbush neighborhood in Brooklyn, Issac says: “If someone had x-ray vision and looked into the pre-war buildings, they would see all of these Caribbean households.” The borough of Brooklyn, the artist's birthplace, is home to the second-largest community of Haitian-Americans in the United States. This series of paintings can be regarded as a visual diary, capturing an idyllic snapshot of a quickly-gentrifying Flatbush.
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Madjeen Isaac’s paintings are magical realist scenes that hybridize the artist’s ancestral homeland of Haiti with her hometown of Brooklyn—a New York City borough which is home to the second largest community of Haitian Americans in the United States. The artist’s layered compositions bustle with kineticism and burst with flora and fauna. Isaac’s work is a visual diary depicting Black and Brown people in scenes of activity, abundance, leisure and communality.
This work is part of the artist's series of magical realist paintings that hybridize the artist's ancestral homeland of Haiti with her hometown of Brooklyn. These layered compositions bustle with kinetic energy and depicts Black and Brown people in scenes of activity, abundance, leisure and communality.More