Cheyenne Julien

Celebrating Alumni Artists during the RHMF 25th year of grant giving. Scroll through the images to view the powerful work of 2018 NY Emerging Artist Grant recipient Cheyenne Julien.
Through the lens of personal narrative, Julien’s practice considers the systemic and cultural significance of our built environment. In both her paintings and drawings, she reconstructs the places and people closest to her, using memory as a perceptual tool. Julien’s familiar subjects reveal how bodies can alter the environments that confine them and dictate our understanding of those spaces, uncovering the often-hidden physical conditions that enable racial perception. Throughout her work, Julien reimagines real life experiences, merging personal and collective histories to address larger issues, such as environmental racism, displacement, and generational trauma.