06.29.24 - 08.03.24

GOD BODY is a captivating series of paper collage works delving into the teachings of the Nation of Gods and Earths (NGE)/5 Percenters, a black nationalist group formed in the 1960s in Harlem, NY. This collection explores profound themes such as the Godliness of the Original man, the Earthly strength of the Original woman, and the transformative journey of self-discovery.

Through her intricate collages, Kelsha invites viewers to reflect on the empowering teachings of the NGE, which emphasize self-knowledge, empowerment, and consciousness elevation. The artworks envision a world where black people fully embrace these teachings, highlighting the significant influence of black individuals and particularly black women on society and popular culture.

GOD BODY is a celebration of black identity, spirituality, and the ongoing quest for empowerment within the black community. It evokes pride, confidence, and unity, encouraging a reflection on the powerful impacts of these teachings.

Kelsha Reese is a multidisciplinary artist and dedicated art educator specializing in collage and acrylic work. Her artistic journey is deeply influenced by her southern roots, feminist perspective, and commitment to amplifying marginalized voices, with a particular focus on Black women’s narratives. Kelsha’s art captures the complexities, triumphs, and struggles of these communities, advocating for equality, empowerment, and the dismantling of systemic barriers.

Beyond her art, Kelsha is passionately involved in transformative creative programs for adjudicated youth in Dallas County, helping young individuals find their creative voices and personal growth.

BFA (2023) Art Education, Drawing and Painting
Art History, University of North Texas

Most recently awarded the Dallas Museum of Art, Arch and Anne Giles Kimbrough Award (2024)