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Madjeen Isaac

2022 Create Change Fellow 

Flatbush, Brooklyn | Painter

Artist Bio

Madjeen Isaac (b. 1996) is a painter based in Brooklyn, NY. Her practice is rooted in her Haitian-American identity, upbringing and Afro-Diasporic stories. She explores themes of nostalgia and familiarity by reconstructing and assembling melanges of urban and tropical environments to create utopias and realms of her imagination. Currently, she is influenced by the practice of urban agriculture and environmental justice to further dissect the relationship Black and Caribbean folks have within the spaces and land they occupy; and ways in which leaning into their ancestral practices of tending to and nurturing the earth can combat displacement.

Isaac was a 2021 recipient of the New York City Artist Corps Grant to facilitate an art making workshop called Re:Imagine Your Hood. In 2019-20, Isaac worked closely with MYÜZ, a content label for artists, exposing her works to emerging art collectors. In 2018, Isaac was awarded a residency with Haiti Cultural Exchange where she facilitated socially engaged art making workshops for youth in Flatbush, Brooklyn. Her works have been exhibited throughout multiple spaces in NYC and overseas including The FIT Art and Design Gallery, New York Art Center, GHOST Gallery, Akwaaba Mansion, Lauryn Hill’s World Tour Digital Exhibition, and SoHo House. Recently, her work has been featured on Showtime’s comedy show called Flatbush Misdemeanors.

Isaac received a BFA in Fine Arts from the Fashion Institute of Technology (2018) and an MA in Art, Education & Community Practice from New York University (2021).

What role can art and culture play in shaping the future of your neighborhood or the city at large?

“Art and culture have the power to center narratives of liberation and transformative futures. Its timeless properties can serve as blueprints of engagement for folks living in an ever changing society that may not necessarily prioritize their rights or wellbeing. I often think of my work in shaping the future, hoping that it can make folks feel good about their neighborhoods, embrace their diverse upbringings, and ways they can continue to exist in abundance with their communities.”

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“Weathering the Storm”, oil on canvas, 30×36 inches, 2020
“The Bittersweet Escape”, oil on canvas, 37.5×55 inches, 2021
Meet Us at Flatbush and Beverly, oil on canvas, 42×60 inches, 2021
“Amongst the Fruits of Our Labor”, oil on canvas, 36×48 inches, 2021
“Abundant Surprises in the Sky”, oil on canvas, 45×57 inches, 2021
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