Kathia St. Hilaire
Beauty Exchange

oil based relief on paper backed on canvas decollage, collage with emboss paper and skin lightening product

48 × 60 in (121.92 × 152.4 cm)

Using her Haitian diasporic community in South Florida as the basis for her work, Kathia St. Hilaire paints figures in and of their specific environments - both visually and culturally. Her subjects occasionally become partially translucent, affirming the intangible but deeply felt connection between person and place. Using skin lightening product as a substrate for her paintings, Hilaire highlights the social anxieties surrounding diasporic communities of color, using formal decisions to address generational concerns.