Ayanna Jolivet Mccloud is an interdisciplinary artist based in Houston, Texas. A third generation artist, she studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and has participated in exhibitions and residencies throughout the U.S., Caribbean, and Latin America. Her creative practice takes on many forms including painting and drawing, sound performances, community/land/site-specific installations, and writing/publications. Recurring themes in her work include restraint/minimalism, sensation, ritual, diaspora, and mapping land/space.
Ayanna has led cultural and organizational planning throughout the U.S., providing platforms for artists to grow and dialogue, with an emphasis on art/processes/identities/dialogues often relegated to the margins. She founded labotanica, an interdisciplinary studio, which was part of the Incubation Program at Project Row Houses 2009-11. Projects she has conceived and led include Hear Her Ear, a series devoted to women in sound art; School of Latitudes, an artist residency, and workshops including Writing in the Margins presented at Project Row Houses and How to Frame Pauses, Holism, and Magical Thinking in New Arts Infrastructures at Art League Houston, among others. In 2016 she was an Advisory Council Member of the Mayor’s Art and Cultural Plan for the City of Houston. Currently, she is program director at the University of Houston Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies Program. She also serves on the board of directors of Techne, a national arts organization introducing young women and girls to technology-focused art making.
Photo: Alex Barber