Plurality & Duplicity: Artwork by Chanel Kennebrew

 Stay Woke: 24”x 24” Mixed Media Analog Collage, acrylic, on paper and Wood

Stay Woke: 24”x 24” Mixed Media Analog Collage, acrylic, on paper and Wood

On Monday morning, we got an incredibly exciting email: the first drafts of designs for our band artwork and tee-shirts from the extraordinary Chanel Kennebrew! While we struggle to choose between all of Chanel's brilliant ideas, we thought we'd introduce you to her work, so you can salivate along with us. You can pre-order a tee shirt with Chanel's art, along with our upcoming album here.

Chanel works in textiles and collage, photography and illustration and her work ranges all over the place but has an immediately identifiable look to it and a consistent sent of concerns. Describing her work in an interview, Chanel says:

My work addresses plurality and spotlights societal duplicity. Those topics are pretty complex and I feel like my style relates to the themes. For example, racism is complex - it’s a stacked type of hate that can be camouflaged into exoticism, singular historic perspectives, and a hierarchy of feelings about those things. Stacking allows me to dive into many aspects of this, in a literal and abstract way.

She continues, 

"I think in America the second a member of a marginalized group speaks via art, music, or anything else, it's inevitable that they will actively engage in pushing the envelope, whether that is or isn't the intention. The opportunity and platform to tell a story and share a perspective that isn't the status quo causes a shift.

"To me, art is supposed to move you, tickle your spirit, knock you off kilter. My work is deliberately visually appealing and loaded with content that is often not discussed or not discussed from this perspective. I'm attempting to light a flame, spark imagination, and propose possibilities.

 LADIES OF SOUL:44″ x64″ Mixed Media Photo Illustration. Part of the “No Original” edition In an edition of 50.

LADIES OF SOUL:44″ x64″ Mixed Media Photo Illustration. Part of the “No Original” edition In an edition of 50.

We couldn't be more honored to have Chanel creating something original and beautiful for us to visually represent this music we've been working on for so long. To get your own piece of original Chanel Kennebrew decibelists artwork, pre-order a tee-shirt along with our album today!

 Hyphenated Part 1 Study 2; Size: 20″x24″ Medium: Mixed media Acrylic/Collage on Wood

Hyphenated Part 1 Study 2; Size: 20″x24″ Medium: Mixed media Acrylic/Collage on Wood