As a visual artist my work seeks to preserve Black narratives as a radical act of social justice. As an artist-activist, I intentionally push back against erasure, displacement, misrepresentation, and marginalization by reclaiming cultural histories in communities affected by gentrification. My work invokes the power of the ancestors. By creating visual roadmaps from the past to the present, paved by the history and stories, love and heartache, success and failures of the ancestors, it celebrates and calls to the present the wisdom of those who have come before to inspire a new freedom movement today. My work reclaims the stories of the ancestors as social iconography of my generation by creating shrine paintings, which present the ancestors as sacred symbols of freedom. I believe that by reclaiming the stories of our ancestors and by praising and committing to their memory, we will better understand our collective potential and ourselves as a society.
As an artist-activist, Charmaine Minniefield uses her work to examine cultural histories and to preserve and celebrate Black narratives as a radical act of social justice. Her work intentionally pushes back against erasure, displacement, misrepresentation, and marginalization. Through acrylic on canvas, charcoal, digital mixed media and site-specific installations and projection mapping, Minniefield explores African and African-American ritual from a feminist perspective. Her work is featured in a number of public and private collections and as a muralist, her walls can be seen throughout the City of Atlanta and beyond. Her Atlanta BeltLine wall was commissioned by DoSomething.org and Spelman College; her wall in the King Historic District was commissioned by the Not A Crime campaign, and her numerous murals in the City of Atlanta schools were sponsored by Hands On Atlanta. She has also served as a consultant, producer and arts administrator for over 20 years, working with a wide range of arts and service organizations on innovative projects with national impact. She has recently featured in the Mercedes Benz USA “Greatness Lives Here” campaign. Minniefield currently serves as faculty for Freedom University.