I’ve always had a love for the arts. I grew up performing music with my colorful family, which includes my uncles—The Chambers Brothers. Music was life to us, and led to my earliest exploration of the performing arts, singing at venues like the Roxy, LA Street Scene, The Whisky-a-Go-Go, and the Hollywood Bowl. My love for books connected me to both the written and visual art’s which fueled my passion to create.
Art was one of the tools that helped with the discovery of self, independence, and identity.
I enjoy working with items that are considered obsolete to demonstrate there is value in what was canceled out. When I look at a floppy disk, I think of how it was once our most treasured way of storing and transferring images, yet technology rendered it “useless”. However; when I use a floppy disk to make art, its voice continues—transferring images. It still has purpose-and Art has a remarkable way of helping us heal while we’re on the journey to our God-given purpose. Which is why I like to say…
‘Self-Care is valuable, let’s make it colorful too.’
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About My Work
My work explores life’s interaction with past, present, and future self. Visually, I examine the relationship between extinction, nostalgia, trash or what’s considered “obsolete”, to demonstrate how our identity continues as we resist society’s growing comfort with “erasing” or “discarding” our value. VHS tapes, 3M floppy disks, pieces of broken antique furniture, and other media allow me to show the continued purposes of our unique identity in a manner that harmonizes with color, canvas and projected strength.
Mia and Zola Adventure One: Up and Out- a night without the TV Written by, Connie-Vee Hawkins. Illustrated by TeMika Grooms.
Right Side Up and Out: A fun story about Ten-year-old Mia and her family who love sitting in front of the TV screen, completely opposite of Mia’s Grandma Zola, who loves getting outdoors. When the unexpected leaves the family in the dark, Mia gets a life lesson from Zola that includes, a bear in striped underwear, Mount Nomore and her dad dancing in diapers—sounds like an adventure that can only happen away from the screen.
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Connie-Vee uses Words and Images to weave together a beautiful inspirational tapestry of color that connects us to our past, present, and future selves.
Her Afro-futuristic art, humorous and inspiring children's stories, and Self-Care talks pull from her experience as a mother, educator, and her life as a Black woman navigating life in America. Her art captures the beauty of seeing oneself on the screen, in a book or on the canvas, particularly during a time when the erasure of Black bodies is becoming more acceptable to do. We are all valuable and worthy of celebrating...one story at a time. Enjoy her art.