She is a life long artist with a plethora of creative magic in store for the Saint Louis area.
SAVE THE DATE
SATURDAY MAY 19th 5-8pm
SUNDAY MAY 20th 1-4pm
Yeyo Arts Collective
2907 South Jefferson Ave
Saint Louis Mo 63118
*This mini- residency is in conjunction with the month long celebration of Yeyo Arts Collective's 8 year anniversary!
Soraya Jean-Louis McElroy
New Orleans, Louisiana
Multimedia: Painting, Collage, Installation and Prose
Soraya Jean-Louis McElroy is a Haitian born, Harlem and Brooklyn raised mixed media queer womynist artist conjurer and healer currently living and loving in New Orleans. Her love of black wom*n and families, motherhood, nature, wildcrafting, Black Feminist Futurisms, comics/graphic novels and the African Diaspora are central themes in her work. Soraya’s work as an organizer, mentor, counselor, doula and medical anthropologist focusing on women’s health and African folklore strengthen her commitment to resisting oppression and facilitating healing through imaginative creative/art activism. Soraya has participated in several group exhibits in various New Orleans cultural institutions including the Mckenna Museum of African American Art, The JuJu Bag, Antenna Gallery, The Jazz and Heritage Gallery and a solo show at Café Rose NiCaud and Backatown Coffee Parlour. Her works have been used in zines, books and promotional materials such as M Archive : After The End Of The World by Dr. Alexis Pauline Gumbs, Secret Rivers : Domestic Violence Zine, Near Kin: A collection of Words and Art Inspired by Octavia Estelle Butler, and the Official poster for Audre Lorde Days at Tulane. She also served as make-up and costume designer for Monica McIntyre’s album It Soon Come and recent creative altar designer for the re-branding of SpiritWerks : Music and Reiki Facilitation by Spirit McIntyre. Soraya is the co-founder of Wildseeds: New Orleans Octavia Butler Emergent Strategy Collective. Wildseeds work, steeped in Black feminist traditions of survival and healing, engages Octavia Butler and other speculative/sci-fi and fantastical authors a resource for social change She is currently working with various community organizations, sharing her skills as a dedicated and seasoned teaching artist and facilitating her own series of creative playshops while enjoying her beautiful family. Soraya is constantly imagining and creating new work and was awarded the Alternate Roots Visual Scholars grant in 2014. Most recently, Soraya was the creative facilitator, curator and contributing artist for one of the largest public art exhibitions in New Orleans, Wildseeds “Sacred Space”at ExhibitBE and co-organizer of the inaugural Black Futures Fest: A Celebration of the Black Fantastic in New Orleans in 2015.