For me, art and healing are the flip side of the same coin.
It has been a series of ongoing healing journeys that allowed me to arrive at a point in 2011 where I realized that culture, particularly the visual arts, was where I wanted to be professionally. In our 21st first century world, where all our -isms and -archies have proved to be abysmal failures, the cultural sector determines who will be the final victor. Why? The group that controls culture, controls the narrative. The groups that have controlled culture are realizing that they have willing and ready opponents and thus, as De La Soul aptly proclaimed in 1996, "Stakes is high."
These same healing journeys also provided me with a language for my ultimate destination, liberation - liberation writ large: mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual. Through the teachings of Lukumi, Palo Mayombe (especially), and Yoruba Isese traditions, I now have an adaptable spiritual toolkit that informs my words, thoughts, and behaviors.
In 2017, I made the decision to go bold with both my art and healing practices. After seeking counsel and blessings from my mother and my mentors, I launched Perpetuity Healing Arts and boosted significantly my output in my art practice. A very challenging bout of anxiety and depression at the end of that year pushed me to rethink how I compartmentalized my art and healing practices, when I truly saw them as symbiotic. This rethinking resulted in this web site: the external facing portion of my passion-based professional practice.
I live and work at the crossroads of art and healing, supporting individuals and communities to construct and implement free and abundant lifestyles.
This is the life I am creating for myself with the support of my community.
Let me show you how I can help you do the same.
Negarra A. Kudumu works simultaneously as a healer, essayist, and curator of contemporary art. She engages with the pre- and post-colonial artistic and spiritual outputs of the African continent, the Americas, and South Asia. She is interested in cultural products as evidence of in tact connectivity to indigenous knowledge systems and pre-existing non-western cultural canons. Negarra investigates the ways in which contemporary makers continue to adapt their ancestral knowledge and technologies and reinvigorate discourses around trauma, healing, liberation, spirituality, and sexuality.
Negarra earned a BA from Dartmouth College and her MA from Leiden University. She holds the title of Yayi Nkisi Malongo (priestess) in the Brama Con Brama lineage of Palo Mayombe and is a non-initiated lay practitioner in the Lukumi Pimienta lineage. Negarra is also a level II Reiki practitioner, herbalist, and Manager of Public Programs at the Frye Art Museum in Seattle.