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Now showing: "The Future in its Shell"

Artist Joy Fennell explores Afro-Surrealism and the beauty of Black women in a photo series with themes of nature, water, and the boundless realm of dreams.

In “The Future Inside Its Shell,” inspired by Zora Neale Hurston’s profound insight, “The present was an egg laid by the past that had the future inside its shell,” I delve into a world where Afro-Surrealism meets the natural beauty of Black women. This photo series, crafted with AI technology, is my canvas for exploring the themes of nature, water, and the boundless realm of dreams.

At the heart of this series is a message: Black folks are allowed to dream, to escape, and to write their own futures. Each image is a testament to this belief, portraying Black women not just as subjects but as storytellers and dreamers. They are depicted in harmonious union with nature – birds, flowing waters, and under open skies. These settings are more than just backdrops; they represent the vastness of possibilities, the freedom to imagine, and the space to create our own narratives.

The use of surreal elements in each portrait underscores the idea of boundless imagination. Here, reality is intertwined with fantasy, symbolizing the limitless potential of the mind. The women in these images are strong, graceful, and resilient, embodying the spirit of the African diaspora. Their expressions are thoughtful, hopeful, and reflective – each capturing a moment of introspection or a glimpse of a dream.

Through the use of vibrant yet subdued colors and rich textures, I’ve aimed to evoke a range of emotions, highlighting the depth and complexity of our dreams and aspirations. “The Future Inside Its Shell” is more than a collection of photographs; it’s a celebration of the right to dream, a reminder of our power to escape the confines of the present, and an invitation to shape our own futures. It is my homage to the enduring spirit and creativity of Black communities, a blend of art and technology, and a journey into the heart of Afro-Surrealism.



About the Artist

Joy Fennell is the perfect blend of fashion enthusiast and tech-savvy innovator. Over the past twenty years, Joy has made waves in the fashion scene, first as a sought-after makeup artist and later as a game-changing creative director. Nowadays, she’s diving deep into the world of AI, AR, and 3D design, taking fashion and beauty to new digital heights.

Starting out in the whirlwind world of fashion makeup, Joy had a knack for turning visions into reality. Her unique style quickly caught the eye of top designers and photographers. This led to countless collaborations on fashion shows, glossy magazine covers, and unforgettable ad campaigns.

By 2020, Joy took on a fresh challenge as a creative director. She’s not just about creating pretty pictures; she’s about telling stories and shaping brand identities. Her genuine warmth, coupled with a sharp eye for detail, has made her a favorite collaborator for many in the industry.

Now, with a curious mind always looking forward, Joy’s exploring the exciting overlap between fashion, beauty, and tech. She’s passionate about leveraging AI, AR, and 3D design to craft immersive experiences. Think virtual showrooms that make you feel like you’re there or digital fashion pieces that defy reality.

Today, as she leads the charge into this new digital frontier, Joy’s still grounded in her roots. With her ‘The Future in Black‘ initiative, she’s determined to ensure Black voices aren’t left behind in this tech evolution. For Joy, it’s all about blending the best of fashion, innovation, and community. And she’s just getting started!

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