Working with Peoples this last month over our instagram has been such a pleasure. We covered her vibrant artistic expression between large paintings to intimate prints about social justice and Black Lives Matter. Please enjoy the stunning and impactful works of Alia Goess Peoples accompanied by quotes by the artists or I.C.C.'s own thoughts on the work.
𝘗𝘢𝘱𝘱𝘶𝘴 𝘋𝘢𝘯𝘥𝘦𝘭𝘪𝘰𝘯, 2020
Acrylic on Canvas
47” x 47”
As we transition into the fall and conclude our month with Alia, I’d like to share a few more pieces from her collection that really soak up the vibrancy of the spring and summer that just passed.
People’s manipulation of warm and cool colours in this piece speak to a warm summer evening as the sun begins to set. Dandelions have completed their bloom and are preparing themselves for apomixis - the process in which they produce viable seed without the need of cross-fertilization.
This striking shot of the process in which the dandelion’s cypselae (the seeds) drifts away in the wind has turned a nuisance to many home owners into a work of art.
𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘝𝘪𝘦𝘸, 2019
Acrylic on Canvas
47” x 47”
I am so invested in the texture within this painting as if applied with a palette knife. It vigorously sets a contrasting tone of serenity across the water below this impending crimson sky.
Red sky at night, sailor’s delight. Red sky at the morning, sailors take warning. Which of the two do you think this is?
The energy and movement of this painting is fuelled by Peoples application of vibrant colours. With every step this woman’s feet take, colour erupts at the tips of her toes, cascading her in the glimmering lights of what seems to be the dance floor.
It revives a vibrancy I haven’t felt since pre-covid and calls for me to get my body moving.
𝘛𝘩𝘦𝘮𝘢 (𝘘𝘶𝘦𝘦𝘯), 2019
14" X 17"
𝘐 𝘸𝘢𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘥 𝘵𝘰 𝘱𝘰𝘳𝘵𝘳𝘢𝘺 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘈𝘧𝘳𝘪𝘤𝘢𝘯 𝘈𝘮𝘦𝘳𝘪𝘤𝘢𝘯 𝘸𝘰𝘮𝘦𝘯 𝘢𝘴 𝘢 𝘸𝘢𝘳𝘳𝘪𝘰𝘳, 𝘢𝘴 𝘴𝘰𝘮𝘦𝘰𝘯𝘦 𝘸𝘩𝘰 𝘶𝘱𝘭𝘪𝘧𝘵𝘴 𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘮𝘶𝘯𝘪𝘵𝘺. 𝘈𝘯𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘪𝘴 𝘸𝘦 𝘭𝘪𝘬𝘦 𝘵𝘰 𝘴𝘢𝘺 𝘣𝘭𝘢𝘤𝘬 𝘸𝘰𝘮𝘦𝘯 𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘴𝘵𝘳𝘰𝘯𝘨, 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘺 𝘤𝘢𝘯 𝘱𝘶𝘵 𝘶𝘱 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘺𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘨, 𝘣𝘶𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘤𝘢𝘯 𝘣𝘦 𝘥𝘪𝘧𝘧𝘪𝘤𝘶𝘭𝘵 𝘵𝘰 𝘣𝘦 𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘴𝘵𝘢𝘯𝘵𝘭𝘺 𝘴𝘦𝘦𝘯 𝘢𝘴 𝘴𝘵𝘳𝘰𝘯𝘨. 𝘐 𝘬𝘯𝘰𝘸 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘉𝘭𝘢𝘤𝘬 𝘓𝘪𝘷𝘦𝘴 𝘮𝘢𝘵𝘵𝘦𝘳 𝘪𝘯 𝘨𝘦𝘯𝘦𝘳𝘢𝘭, 𝘣𝘶𝘵 𝘢𝘭𝘴𝘰 𝘉𝘭𝘢𝘤𝘬 𝘸𝘰𝘮𝘦𝘯 𝘩𝘢𝘷𝘦 𝘢 𝘥𝘪𝘧𝘧𝘦𝘳𝘦𝘯𝘵 𝘬𝘪𝘯𝘥 𝘰𝘧 𝘴𝘵𝘳𝘶𝘨𝘨𝘭𝘦. 𝘠𝘰𝘶’𝘳𝘦 𝘧𝘦𝘮𝘢𝘭𝘦 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘣𝘭𝘢𝘤𝘬 𝘢𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘴𝘢𝘮𝘦 𝘵𝘪𝘮𝘦 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘪𝘴 𝘢 𝘣𝘪𝘵 𝘮𝘰𝘳𝘦 𝘪𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘯𝘴𝘦.
𝘚𝘰 𝘴𝘰𝘮𝘦 𝘥𝘢𝘺𝘴 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘥𝘰𝘯’𝘵 𝘧𝘦𝘦𝘭 𝘭𝘪𝘬𝘦 𝘣𝘦𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘴𝘵𝘳𝘰𝘯𝘨. 𝘚𝘰𝘮𝘦 𝘥𝘢𝘺𝘴 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘸𝘢𝘯𝘵 𝘵𝘰 𝘴𝘪𝘵 𝘣𝘢𝘤𝘬 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘭𝘦𝘵 𝘴𝘰𝘮𝘦𝘰𝘯𝘦 𝘦𝘭𝘴𝘦 𝘥𝘰 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘸𝘰𝘳𝘬 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘸𝘩𝘪𝘤𝘩 𝘪𝘴 𝘢𝘯𝘰𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘴𝘰𝘯 𝘸𝘩𝘺 𝘪𝘵’𝘴 𝘪𝘮𝘱𝘰𝘳𝘵𝘢𝘯𝘵 𝘵𝘰 𝘩𝘢𝘷𝘦 𝘢𝘥𝘷𝘰𝘤𝘢𝘵𝘦𝘴 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘢 𝘴𝘦𝘯𝘴𝘦 𝘰𝘧 𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘮𝘶𝘯𝘪𝘵𝘺. 𝘠𝘰𝘶 𝘯𝘦𝘦𝘥 𝘢 𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘮𝘶𝘯𝘪𝘵𝘺 𝘣𝘦𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘥 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘪𝘧 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘳 𝘯𝘦𝘦𝘥 𝘢 𝘵𝘪𝘮𝘦 𝘰𝘶𝘵 𝘣𝘦𝘤𝘢𝘶𝘴𝘦 𝘸𝘦 𝘢𝘭𝘭 𝘯𝘦𝘦𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘴𝘰𝘮𝘦𝘵𝘪𝘮𝘦𝘴.
𝘠𝘰𝘶 𝘬𝘯𝘰𝘸, 𝘴𝘰𝘮𝘦𝘵𝘪𝘮𝘦𝘴 𝘪𝘵’𝘴 𝘭𝘪𝘬𝘦 𝘵𝘰𝘥𝘢𝘺 𝘸𝘢𝘴 𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘺 𝘩𝘢𝘳𝘥 𝘰𝘶𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘦. 𝘐 𝘩𝘢𝘥 𝘢 𝘭𝘰𝘵 𝘰𝘧 𝘭𝘰𝘰𝘬𝘴, 𝘐 𝘩𝘢𝘥 𝘢 𝘭𝘰𝘵 𝘰𝘧 𝘥𝘪𝘧𝘧𝘪𝘤𝘶𝘭𝘵𝘺 𝘢𝘵 𝘸𝘰𝘳𝘬, 𝘐 𝘩𝘢𝘥 𝘱𝘦𝘰𝘱𝘭𝘦 𝘵𝘦𝘭𝘭𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘮𝘦 𝘮𝘺 𝘩𝘢𝘪𝘳 𝘸𝘢𝘴𝘯’𝘵 𝘱𝘳𝘰𝘧𝘦𝘴𝘴𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘢𝘭 𝘰𝘳 𝘱𝘦𝘰𝘱𝘭𝘦 𝘵𝘰𝘶𝘤𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘮𝘺 𝘩𝘢𝘪𝘳, 𝘴𝘰 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘦 𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘢𝘭𝘭 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘴𝘦 𝘭𝘪𝘵𝘵𝘭𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘨𝘴 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘥𝘰𝘯’𝘵 𝘸𝘢𝘯𝘵 𝘵𝘰 𝘣𝘦 𝘳𝘶𝘥𝘦 𝘰𝘳 𝘴𝘢𝘺 𝘢𝘯𝘺𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘴𝘰 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘬𝘦𝘦𝘱 𝘪𝘵 𝘵𝘰 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳𝘴𝘦𝘭𝘧 𝘣𝘶𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘯 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘨𝘦𝘵 𝘩𝘰𝘮𝘦 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘪𝘵’𝘴 𝘩𝘢𝘳𝘥. 𝘚𝘰, 𝘢𝘭𝘵𝘩𝘰𝘶𝘨𝘩 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘸𝘰𝘮𝘢𝘯 𝘶𝘱𝘭𝘪𝘧𝘵𝘴 𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘮𝘶𝘯𝘪𝘵𝘺 𝘴𝘩𝘦 𝘢𝘭𝘴𝘰 𝘯𝘦𝘦𝘥𝘴 𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘮𝘶𝘯𝘪𝘵𝘺 𝘣𝘺 𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘴𝘪𝘥𝘦 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘴𝘶𝘱𝘱𝘰𝘳𝘵.
14" x 17"
A few months back I came across this image in a Black Lives Matter group forum and was struck by its power. It so critically illustrated the resistance and solidarity required to dismantle a broken system that is derivative of white supremacy. Shortly after seeing this image, I met Alia in this same chat via zoom and discovered she was the artist behind this piece.
Aside from falling in love with her style, I came to learn how passionate the stories in her art were. I then listened to Alia speak about social injustices in this chat and began to witness the strength within her as human being and as an artist.
Seeing art as a means to fight injustice, or a means to make a statement is not a new concept. Contemporary art has made a point to be bold, to go against the grain. Though many of us agree with the message in this piece, it challenges the mindsets of far too many people who don’t believe Black lives matter - some of whom are in positions of power. We need more work like this, work that speaks for itself and isn’t afraid to be loud.
𝘈𝘯𝘨𝘦𝘭𝘢 𝘋𝘢𝘷𝘪𝘴, 2020
14" X 17"
“𝘍𝘰𝘳 𝘮𝘦 𝘐 𝘢𝘭𝘸𝘢𝘺𝘴 𝘵𝘳𝘺 𝘵𝘰 𝘢𝘥𝘥𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘴 𝘪𝘴𝘴𝘶𝘦𝘴 𝘰𝘧 𝘴𝘰𝘤𝘪𝘢𝘭 𝘫𝘶𝘴𝘵𝘪𝘤𝘦 𝘢𝘴 𝘴𝘶𝘣𝘵𝘭𝘺 𝘢𝘴 𝘱𝘰𝘴𝘴𝘪𝘣𝘭𝘦. 𝘚𝘰, 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘦𝘹𝘢𝘮𝘱𝘭𝘦, 𝘈𝘯𝘨𝘦𝘭𝘢 𝘋𝘢𝘷𝘪𝘴 𝘪𝘴 𝘢 𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘺 𝘸𝘦𝘭𝘭-𝘬𝘯𝘰𝘸𝘯 𝘢𝘤𝘵𝘪𝘷𝘪𝘴𝘵 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘮𝘦𝘮𝘣𝘦𝘳 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘉𝘭𝘢𝘤𝘬 𝘗𝘢𝘯𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘴 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘫𝘶𝘴𝘵 𝘣𝘺 𝘱𝘶𝘵𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘪𝘮𝘢𝘨𝘦 𝘰𝘶𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘦 𝘪𝘵 𝘴𝘱𝘦𝘢𝘬𝘴 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘪𝘵𝘴𝘦𝘭𝘧.
𝘐 𝘥𝘰𝘯’𝘵 𝘭𝘪𝘬𝘦 𝘵𝘰 𝘵𝘢𝘭𝘬 𝘵𝘰𝘰 𝘮𝘶𝘤𝘩 𝘢𝘣𝘰𝘶𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘤𝘩𝘢𝘳𝘢𝘤𝘵𝘦𝘳, 𝘐 𝘭𝘪𝘬𝘦 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘱𝘦𝘰𝘱𝘭𝘦 𝘵𝘰 𝘨𝘰 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘤𝘩. 𝘙𝘦𝘴𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘤𝘩 𝘢𝘴 𝘪𝘧 𝘺𝘰𝘶’𝘳𝘦 𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘥𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘢 𝘣𝘰𝘰𝘬 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘭𝘰𝘰𝘬𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘴𝘰𝘮𝘦𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘪𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘵𝘰 𝘦𝘹𝘱𝘭𝘰𝘳𝘦 – 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵’𝘴 𝘸𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘭𝘪𝘧𝘦 𝘪𝘴 𝘢𝘭𝘭 𝘢𝘣𝘰𝘶𝘵. 𝘓𝘪𝘧𝘦 𝘪𝘴 𝘢𝘣𝘰𝘶𝘵 𝘦𝘹𝘱𝘭𝘰𝘳𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘥𝘪𝘴𝘤𝘰𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘪𝘯𝘨, 𝘴𝘰 𝘱𝘪𝘤𝘬𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘶𝘱 𝘰𝘯 𝘢 𝘵𝘰𝘱𝘪𝘤 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘥𝘪𝘷𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘪𝘯𝘵𝘰 𝘪𝘵 𝘪𝘴 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘣𝘦𝘴𝘵 𝘸𝘢𝘺 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘵𝘰 𝘣𝘳𝘰𝘢𝘥𝘦𝘯 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘩𝘰𝘳𝘪𝘻𝘰𝘯𝘴 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘦 𝘵𝘰 𝘶𝘯𝘥𝘦𝘳𝘴𝘵𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘥𝘪𝘧𝘧𝘦𝘳𝘦𝘯𝘵 𝘤𝘶𝘭𝘵𝘶𝘳𝘦𝘴 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘴𝘵𝘳𝘶𝘨𝘨𝘭𝘦𝘴 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘴𝘦 𝘤𝘶𝘭𝘵𝘶𝘳𝘦𝘴.
𝘐 𝘤𝘰𝘶𝘭𝘥 𝘵𝘢𝘭𝘬 𝘢𝘣𝘰𝘶𝘵 𝘈𝘯𝘨𝘦𝘭𝘢 𝘋𝘢𝘷𝘪𝘴 𝘢𝘭𝘭 𝘥𝘢𝘺, 𝘢𝘣𝘰𝘶𝘵 𝘢𝘭𝘭 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘨𝘴 𝘴𝘩𝘦 𝘩𝘢𝘴 𝘥𝘰𝘯𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘳𝘰𝘶𝘨𝘩𝘰𝘶𝘵 𝘩𝘪𝘴𝘵𝘰𝘳𝘺 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘨𝘴 𝘴𝘩𝘦 𝘪𝘴 𝘴𝘵𝘪𝘭𝘭 𝘥𝘰𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘤𝘶𝘳𝘳𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘭𝘺, 𝘣𝘶𝘵 𝘐 𝘸𝘰𝘶𝘭𝘥 𝘳𝘢𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘱𝘦𝘰𝘱𝘭𝘦 𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘤𝘩, 𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘥, 𝘵𝘳𝘺 𝘢𝘴 𝘣𝘦𝘴𝘵 𝘢𝘴 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘤𝘢𝘯 𝘵𝘰 𝘦𝘥𝘶𝘤𝘢𝘵𝘦 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘤𝘩𝘪𝘭𝘥𝘳𝘦𝘯. 𝘏𝘪𝘴𝘵𝘰𝘳𝘺 𝘪𝘴 𝘴𝘰𝘮𝘦𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘪𝘴 𝘴𝘰 𝘪𝘮𝘱𝘰𝘳𝘵𝘢𝘯𝘵, 𝘦𝘴𝘱𝘦𝘤𝘪𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘺 𝘉𝘭𝘢𝘤𝘬 𝘩𝘪𝘴𝘵𝘰𝘳𝘺, 𝘢𝘯𝘥
𝘶𝘯𝘧𝘰𝘳𝘵𝘶𝘯𝘢𝘵𝘦𝘭𝘺 𝘮𝘰𝘴𝘵 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘵𝘪𝘮𝘦 𝘪𝘵’𝘴 𝘫𝘶𝘴𝘵 𝘣𝘦𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘳𝘦𝘱𝘦𝘢𝘵𝘦𝘥. 𝘚𝘰, 𝘣𝘺 𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘤𝘩 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘥𝘪𝘨𝘨𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘥𝘦𝘦𝘱𝘦𝘳, 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘤𝘢𝘯 𝘭𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘯 𝘩𝘰𝘸 𝘵𝘰 𝘣𝘦𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘦 𝘢𝘯 𝘢𝘥𝘷𝘰𝘤𝘢𝘵𝘦 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘩𝘰𝘸 𝘵𝘰 𝘩𝘦𝘭𝘱.”
𝘍𝘳𝘦𝘥 𝘏𝘢𝘮𝘱𝘵𝘰𝘯, 2020
14" X 17"
Now more than ever we need to be reminded of those who fought for justice and lost their lives for it.
I’d like to applaud Alia for these portraits of Fred Hampton, a former chairman of the Illinois chapter of the Black Panther Party and deputy chairman of the national BPP. Among his many achievements, he fought for the justice that we are still seeking to this day.
Regrettably, at the age of 21 he was shot and killed while asleep in his own bed (induced by secobarbital, a sedative drug) by the police during a raid.
How can a story so similar to this repeat itself 51 years later and still face no repercussions? How can only ONE of the officers be charged with the endangerment of others, but not for the killing of Breonna Taylor?
For my followers in the states, this is a cry for how important these upcoming elections are - please take advantage of your right to vote for a better future. Push your friends, your family, anyone who can vote to vote. Past voting, we need to keep fighting for against these injustices.
For those here in Canada, and any other country across the world, don’t think that something like this won’t happen in our backyards. We all need to stay vigilant and continue to advocate for the betterment of Black lives, because as Fred Hampton said:
If you dare to struggle, you dare to win. If you dare not to struggle, then damn it, you don’t deserve to win.’