Angela Drakeford is an installation artist working in the Omaha area. Born and raised in North Omaha, she graduated magna cum laude from the University of Nebraska at Omaha where she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Sculpture. In the 2012-2013 season, Angela completed a fellowship with The Union for Contemporary Arts. She then went on to be a part of the recent Market Place of Values exhibition at the Sheldon Museum of Art. She just had her first solo art exhibition at The Carver Bank. Angela currently works as an artist mentor and leads many art workshops for Omaha youth.
As an artist, Angela creates work using non-traditional art materials. Highly process and detail oriented, her pieces are labor intensive and often take hundreds of hours to complete.
My work primarily deals with relationships. It is focused on the conversations between lovers, close friends, and acquaintances. I am fascinated by the weight that these words can have, and the emotional baggage they can create. I believe that language has the power to stay with you. By blurring the line between public and private, my work engages with the emotional baggage the viewer carries with them. It is important for me to make work that reveals my own vulnerability I believe it is in these moments that I am able to connect with the viewer. It helps us to feel a little less alone when we know the other people feel the same way and have similar problems and concerns; it speaks to our humanity.
photos by Dana Damewood