Award Winners / Artist Profile

About the Artist

Kamari Bright (Seattle) operates with the belief that everything she creates is intended to foster understanding of self and surroundings. As a multi-disciplinary creative, her work heavily reflects those themes. She is currently working on a poetry manuscript connecting the influence of Christian folklore on present-day misogyny and a short film addressing respectability. The St. Louis-born creative has co-curated three pop-up art exhibits, released three short films, and is a 2018 Jack Straw Writers fellow.

Kamari received 2018 GAP Award funding to complete her poetic short film project Respek. The project utilizes poetry and animated imagery to highlight the ludicrous nature of respectability politics, which involve the policing of marginalized groups existence and the pardoning of the maltreatment they suffer.

Artist Trust thanks the Amazon Literary Partnership for underwriting this award through Artist Trust’s Corporate Partnership program. For information about supporting Washington State artists, visit here.

Information included above was provided by artist at the time of application.
From the Artist

Previously, I worked two jobs to be able to fund my art and was so exhausted that I didn't have much energy left to produce anything. This award not only grants me the freedom to create as I ideate, but also to share my work to a larger audience.

Kamari Bright