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Gabrielle Banks, "Office Chair," courtesy of UNIT London and the artist.
Gabrielle Banks, "Water Signs," courtesy of UNIT London and the artist.
Skye Volmar, "Facade," 8.5 x 12 inches, courtesy of UNIT London and the artist.
Skye Volmar, "Orange Moon (The Mother in Me)," 2020, 24 x 24 inches, courtesy of UNIT London and the artist.
Skye Volmar, "Orange Moon (The Mother in Me)," 2020, 24 x 24 inches, courtesy of UNIT London and the artist.
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Skye Volmar and Gabrielle Banks Show to Benefit Loveland Foundation

By Eunice Chan

May 7, 2021

UNIT London presents “Split Ends,” a collaborative show by artists Skye Volmar and Gabrielle Banks. The exhibition is on view from May 10 through May 23 on the gallery’s online initiative, Platform. Charitable sales are also available within the dates.

“Split Ends” revolves around the topics of isolation, performativity, and the relationship between girlhood and womanhood. The title echoes with the artists’s portrayal of hair in relation to various perceptions of Black women, extending to the discussion of racism, colorism, and gendered expectations towards Black women.

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Gabrielle Banks, "Water Signs," courtesy of UNIT London and the artist.

Banks and Volmar were two of four black women to graduate from the Rhode Island School of Design Painting department in 2019. The duo aims to break through the exclusion of Black artists and showcase self-preservation, growth, and healing through a series of self-portraits.

10 percent of proceeds from “Split Ends” are donated to the Loveland Foundation Therapy Fund, which provides financial assistance to Black women and girls seeking therapy in the United States.

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Gabrielle Banks, "Office Chair," courtesy of UNIT London and the artist.

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Skye Volmar, "Facade," 8.5 x 12 inches, courtesy of UNIT London and the artist.
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