Reaching her threshold and becoming ultimately frustrated with hearing the same narratives but from different authors, Tasha Dougé turned to art as a means of expression and unrestricted messaging. Her love for using analogies to convey messages is evident in her work. Unlike similes, Tasha’s works go beyond the words like and as. They are metaphors that give voice to the silent and reveal hard truths. She can take something that is familiar and nostalgic to the audience and then completely transcend its meaning. Taking objects that may be deemed ugly, she can manipulate them to reveal their beauty. Driven by conceptual ideas and with the use of mixed media, Tasha gives birth to art that challenges the audience to grapple with the ideals of tradition and conventional ways of thinking. By using interactive components, she has been able to integrate her audience into her some of the works during the process or as an integral part to bringing the piece(s) to life. With women empowerment initially being the focal point, her work has quickly evolved to address the additional issues of social injustice, activism, racism and those that overall speak to the Black experience. Tasha continues to create provocative works that will elicit authentic, raw and at times, uncomfortable feelings. It is with those feelings that Tasha wishes to spark open and honest conversations that will lead to change and furthermore, REFORM.
As a curator, Tasha seeks to showcase art of all mediums that speak to the very issues that drives her own art. She strives to create safer spaces for multi-layered conversations, but most importantly that cultivate ideas that will serve as a catalyst for real and impactful change within the Black community and society as a whole.
“Working on my Legacy, one con-vHER-sa-tion at a time.”