How did you get into making art?
I’ve been a maker for as early as I can remember. I’d use anything available. Around kindergarten, I remember making my dentist a maraca using paper, tape, and a soda can. I put the cap inside the can to make the sound.
What are you currently working on?
I’ve been making paintings that address spirituality. They uncover ways that mind, body, and spirit interface by emphasizing the conceptual and physical pliancy of paint.
I've been making paintings that address spirituality. They uncover ways that mind, body, and spirit interface by emphasizing the conceptual and physical pliancy of paint.
What inspired you to get started on this body of work?
In the past, my work addressed spirituality by referencing either the supernatural or systems of belief. After experiencing a traumatic loss in 2019 and living through the angst of 2020, I set out to make paintings that could initiate healing.
Do you work on distinct projects or do you take a broader approach to your practice?
All of my work is related. Using paint, I’m creating a universe that has an ever-expanding language.
What’s a typical day like in your studio?
Typically, I start by making several small works. From there, I may start a new piece. Or, I may go back to an older work. I work quickly and bounce back and forth between paintings. Lately, I’ve enjoyed being surrounded by the work. It allows me to see interesting compositional relationships and gain conviction in my decisions.
Who are your favorite artists?
Among my peers, Cody Tumblin, Hannah Tarr, Y Malik Jalal, and Caleb Jamel Brown all have great work. I also love Ellsworth Kelly, Stanley Whitney, Suzanne Jackson, Sam Gilliam, and James Turrell.
Where do you go to discover new artists?
Seeing art in person can never be replaced. I love going to Art Fairs because art from all over the work is brought to your doorstep. My favorite fair is NADA. Every emerging artist should visit the NADA in either Miami or New York.
Hasani Sahlehe is an artist based in Atlanta who recently won The Hopper Prize. Learn more about the artist by visiting the following links: