Redacted Bodies, encaustic and paper on wood panel, 16.5×33, 2017
My Country ‘Tis For Thee, encaustic and paper on wood panel, 22×17.5 (20, 4”x4” wood panels), 2017
Golden State, encaustic and paper on (10) 8×6 wood panels, 42×12.5, 2017
I Pledge A Knee, digital collage, hand-cut paper, graphite, acrylic, encaustic wax on wood panels, 21.5×35.5, 2017
REDACTED: words in wax, is a series about promise, protest and propaganda; how they collide and delete each other. Redaction covers but does not eliminate, leaving a trace, a question about the hand that erased and what lies beneath the black out.
Possession is Nine-Tenths, plaster sculpture installation, (day view), 18′-4×28, 2011
Possession is Nine-Tenths, plaster sculpture installation, (nite view), 18′-4×28, 2011
Possession is Nine-Tenths (below), family heirlooms are a catalyst or placeholder for oral histories. They become markers of time but their stories may grow to mythical proportions the more time passes. “Since childhood I have visualized a family violin that has been missing my whole life. The stories about its speculated worth and possible demise have morphed over time and by storyteller. Its absence becomes stronger than it’s presence.
From a distance, collective memory may appear the same but when closely examined the variations become apparent. Is any one “memory” the truth or fact or are they all equal?
April Banks is a conceptual artist. Her image-based installations explore issues relating to international trade and commerce, farmer’s rights, and race and human rights. Though the subject of her work varies, the common thread is the disparity of access and economy.
She straddles disgust and desire making work that is simultaneously attractive and repulsive. The sensitivity of the subject is tempered by a touch of humor or irony, which makes the work less confrontational and more like a mutual effort between the artist and viewer.
Combining sculpture, photography, video and sound, her installations pay keen attention to detail and form. They are the result of deep and immersive research processes, including travel to other countries to gather first-hand experience.
She continues to increase the scale of her work as she move towards her ultimate goal of creating installations at an architectural scale. She experiments with new materials and processes and ways to combine photography, sculpture and installation—to distort and re-image the “image.”
April graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture from Hampton University in Virginia in 1996 and a Master of Science in Environmental Design from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena in 1999. She has exhibited in Los Angeles, the San Francisco Bay Area, Chicago, Minneapolis, Cleveland, Daytona Beach, New Hampshire, Maryland, New York, Switzerland, Colombia, Brazil, United Arab Emirates and Senegal.