AMERISTAR GALLERY emerging ARTIST series


The Ameristar Gallery is home to the Foundry Art Centre's Emerging Artist Series.
Artists fresh on the art scene can display their work to introduce their style to the local art community. 


Traci Mims

Sole Food

January 4 – February 15, 2019

For this exhibit I wanted to create works that speak to being African American female. When you walk in someone else’s shoes you gain understanding of their experiences, challenges, and ways of thinking. My work in general usually focuses on self discovery, the human condition, and social realism. These subjects are presented thru the use of allegory, symbolism, and colloquialism. I attempted to created works that are about common cultural experiences and connections and that brought me to how “Soul Food” serves that purpose in my culture. It forms a spiritual and cultural connection and is derived from adversity and lack. The basic ingredients in Soul Food are not ideal but my ancestors took them and made something great and lasting that has been passed from generation to generation. The exhibit title “Sole Food” touches on the lives of the women who came before me and the road they trod, the struggles of their journey, their roles, practices, and rituals. The common struggle we still face in contemporary society. Sole Food is also an appreciation of the Matriarchal figure which is dominant in Afrocentric culture.

Artwork by Tracy Mims

Artwork by Tracy Mims