Memory and time move along parallel tracks that diverge when nostalgia colors feelings. Remembered details once far off in the distance, come into clear focus with a smell, a sound, or a song. Impression subsumes accuracy and happy childhoods get happier, tough ones get tougher, and alternative histories, subject to suppression and permission, emerge as the stories we tell each other.

Silk, curated by Alajia McKizia, interprets the fluidity of memory by bringing together five artists who investigate the intersection of lived and remembered experience. Casey Callahan, Anne Dovali, Emma Krenzer, Alajia McKizia, and Jessica White work across multiple representational platforms including performance, sculpture, and painting to trace the shifts and ruptures that transform what is remembered as truth into mythologized personal narratives.

Silk opens at Omaha Creative Institute Friday, September 14th at 6:00 PM with a movement based performance by Jessica White beginning at 7:00 PM.

Alajia McKizia is a self-taught multidisciplinary artist committed to exploring childhood trauma, healing, and the communication that links them. Using traditional art tools and reclaimed materials, including CDs, cardboard, hair, and scrap fabrics, McKizia portrays her outlook on social struggle and injustice through mediums of photography, collage, and painting. While embarking on a journey of self-love and identity, Alajia visualizes her human vulnerabilities and found wisdom as an example of personal liberation.

Based in Omaha, Nebraska, McKizia has been featured at the Bemis Center of Contemporary Arts, Benson First Friday, and The Bay in Lincoln, NE. She interned at the Bemis Center as a studio assistant to artist Nyame Brown. In addition to visual art and modeling, Alajia engages with performing arts and was recently featured in “Language for the Living” a movement performance with tbd. Dance Collective and dances for the group African Culture Connection.

This exhibition was presented with the support of the Nebraska Arts Council and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment.