Selfie Joy Celebrates Talent of Black Women

I am honored that BET selected to gift “Selfie Joy” to recognize women who have moved the needle in the music business at the BET Awards this year.  My piece, “Selfie Joy,”  celebrates the unique strength, endurance and talent of Black Women as a whole and individually.

Thank you, Juliette Jones- Atlantic Records, Ethiopia Habtermariam -Motown/Universal and LaTanya Newt- BET for your examples of strength, endurance and talent. Your talent and greatness is not limited or defined by gender or color, but is enhanced by these attributes. You embody the woman who is Selfie Joy. Bravo.

Selfie-Joy
24″x 36″ Fine art print
AVAILABLE on https://thedasandifordart.com/products/selfie-joy

Installation of Infinite Possibilities

Im redoing the art in the lobby of A Condo in downtown Jersey City for the month of June. 

The opening reception will be Friday, June 8th, 7:00pm-9:00pm. Please come see…

LOCATION: 389 Washington St, Jersey City, NJ 07302

The show, Infinite Possibilities is the personification of my artist statement, for real for real.

WE all wear masks. Masks to pretend, to hide, to celebrate or just to put our best face forward in a selfie.

I construct masks for protection. What may start off as an ugly statement, in the end, becomes something beautiful.

I transform drawings, photographs, along with found and meticulously collected materials into self-portraits.

I photograph my process and then digitally manipulate these images to extend the narrative as part of my personal mythology.

Fragmented identity juxtaposed with the existence of infinite possibilities is a recurring theme in my work.

The show consists of four early mixed media works 24″x12″ , two large aluminum prints 40″x30″, Headache and ZYX, one 30″x30″ mixed media portrait, three underworld goddesses 20″x20″ and three Gossip girl masks 20″x20″. Im also draping two 20’x10′ fabric panels of my print “Tag 8” from the ceiling to floor in the seating area.  

June Art Life Party Time

The day after I get back from St. Croix, June 2, it’s art partying time. Let me know if you are down to play.

I have two openings on Saturday June 2. The first in Montclair and the second in Asbury Park. Im trying to hit both. Do you want to come with? ill drive.

Viewpoints 2018
Opening Reception: June 2, 6:00 – 9:00 pm
LOCATION: Studio Montclair, 127 Bloomfield Ave., Montclair, NJ
This is the second time, i’ve earned entry into Viewpoints. The show was juried by Gary Garrido Schneider, the Executive Director of Grounds for Sculpture.

Psykhe
Size: 20 x 20 in
Medium: Fine Art Print
Psyche was the goddess of the soul and the wife of Eros god of love.
She was once a mortal princess whose beauty earned the ire of Aphrodite when men began turning their worship away from the goddess towards the girl. Aphrodite commanded Eros make Psykhe fall in love with the most hideous of men but the god instead fell in love and carried her off to a hidden palace. Eros hid his true identity and told Psykhe she must never gaze upon his face. Her jealous sisters, however, tricked her into disobeying and the angry god forsook her. Psykhe searched the world for her lost love and eventually came into the service of Aphrodite. The goddess commanded her perform a series of seemingly impossible tasks which culminated in a journey to the Underworld. Psykhe was afterwards reunited with Eros and the couple were married in a ceremony attended by all the gods.

Hoboken Art in Asbury Park
Opening Reception: June 2, 7:00-10:00 pm
LOCATION: Palette Gallery, 716 Cookman Ave, Asbury Park, NJ

The opening reception of my lobby installation at A Condo is
Friday June 8th 7:00 – 9:00pm.
LOCATION: 389 Washington St, Jersey City, NJ

I am draping a huge 20’x20′ printed fabric and showing 6 new digital collages, 4 early mixed media works and a selection affordable small works on paper. Please come see and have a glass of wine on me. The wine will be flowing. Let me know if you can make it. Its a short Path train stop to Newport Pavonia or Grove Street and walk over.

“Tag 1” Digital photo collage. Street Art Mash Up 2015 #ThedaSandiford #Graffiti

Later this summer…
AHAC Window Display Aug./Sept. at the Atlantic Highlands Arts Council
54 1st Avenue Atlantic Highlands, NJ 07716
https://aharts.org/
I have a window installation idea brewing, worthy of Anthropologie display. I need large plastic laundry and Orange Juice bottle caps. Please let me know if you can save these for me.

BWAC Recycle 2018 Award Winner

Guess What?!!!

“Wonder Woman Selfie” won a Certificate of Recognition at BWAC Recycle 2018 this past weekend.

Big massive thank you to Juror, John Cloud Kaiser, Director of Education, Materials for the Arts for recognizing my work. Thank you.

The show is up through June 16th.

Location: BWAC 481 Van Brunt St Brooklyn, NY

Im Obsessed with Lino Prints

I’ve got a problem. A new obsession since taking a wood cut workshop at Guttenberg Arts  this Winter, cutting linoleum for lino-prints.

I’ve carved a Picasso inspired self portrait, Left and right Converse for this series of cards.

These are not just any cards… they are black Converse, white laces Jedi R2D2 cards …

Today I glued down stars punched from recycled envelopes. I’m finishing these up with Yoda and R2D2 stamping.

Check my Insta Story on MissTheda this Friday evening when Im back from Nashville for the next episode of the black Converse, white laces Jedi R2D2 experience.

See my Pinterest Inspirations

When asked, what inspires me? The first word that comes to mind is beauty.

I see beauty everywhere; in a shimmering oil slick floating in a street puddle, the shape of clouds, a killer nail design, street fashion and even retail product packaging neatly lined on shelves. I know this probably is weird, but whatevs.

I choose to see beauty in everything, especially the garbage, I recycle into art supplies.

Take a look at my Pinterest boards for a glimpse of my inspirations.

Spring has Sprung. Time to see Art

Yeah, it has finally stopped snowing and the flowers have popped out. I’ll be living on Zyrtec, a scratchy throat and watery eyes for the next month but, i’m not really complaining. Nice weather means, long walks and serendipitous art supply finds and a host of art happenings in NY and NJ. I hope to see you at one of my shows soon.

I’lll be in LA for work, but its your last chance to see “Song Sung Blue” at

Through the Eyes of an Artist
CLOSING RECEPTION
Tuesday, May 1, 6 pm – 9pm
LOCATION:  70 Hudson Street, Jersey City, New Jersey

Digital collage of mixed media collage #Selfie

I have two small works on display at

Show me Your Heritage
Work on display from April 13- May 11th.
LOCATION: Hola Doctor353 Central Avenue Jersey City Heights, NJ.

Last year I sold “Selfie Joy” at BWAC Recycle 2017. This year my Wonder Woman Selfie is making her debut at BWAC Recycle 2018.

Please come meet me for lunch at 12:30pm at Brooklyn Crab in Red Hook before the show.  RSVP for head count and to hold your seat.

There will be a reception and juror’s awards will be announced at the Opening at 3PM.

BWAC Recycle 2018
OPENING DAY
Saturday, May 12, 1pm – 6 pm
Work will be on display May 12 – Jun17th
LOCATION: 481 Van Brunt St Brooklyn, NY, DOOR 7

 

Twin will be up for auction at

Cool Culture at The UnGala

A night of art, community, inspiration and creativity #artforall
May 31st from 7:00pm-10:0pm
The Cool Culture UnGala is a yearly fundraiser, celebrating and honoring individuals and organizations that have demonstrated a commitment to social justice, inclusion, and arts access. For tickets and more information click here.

“Twin”
30 x 24 x 1 in
Aluminum Print
Subject Matter: Self Portrait
2015

Viewpoints 2018
The opening reception is Saturday, June 2 from 6-9pm.
This exhibit will be on display from June 2 – August 16, 2018
LOCATION: Studio Montclair Gallery located at 127 Bloomfield Ave. in Montclair, NJ.

Psykhe
Size: 20 x 20 in
Medium: Fine Art Print
Psyche was the goddess of the soul and the wife of Eros god of love.
She was once a mortal princess whose beauty earned the ire of Aphrodite when men began turning their worship away from the goddess towards the girl. Aphrodite commanded Eros make Psykhe fall in love with the most hideous of men but the god instead fell in love and carried her off to a hidden palace. Eros hid his true identity and told Psykhe she must never gaze upon his face. Her jealous sisters, however, tricked her into disobeying and the angry god forsook her. Psykhe searched the world for her lost love and eventually came into the service of Aphrodite. The goddess commanded her perform a series of seemingly impossible tasks which culminated in a journey to the Underworld. Psykhe was afterwards reunited with Eros and the couple were married in a ceremony attended by all the gods.

approaching Vibrancy
Work is on display through August 24th
LOCATION: 14 Maple Ave, Morristown, NJ.

Art Life Winning

I have had a see saw week. My dad has being ill and in the hospital with a blood infection. He’s now on the mend. On the other hand, It has been a great week in my art life.

Im planning an art party as part of my family reunion in Barbados this fall. This is one of the locations we are considering for my pop up art show . What do you think?

Its nice to have generous friends like, Matt Galle and Drew Kaklamanos. They introduced me to DB Burkeman, the curator of Paradigm Talent Agency. He has offered to give me a tour of their amazing space.  Here, take a peek.  I will Insta Story my visit so you can join me on the tour too. I’d love to see my art on the walls there.

I also had a studio visit with Mary Birmingham, curator of Visual Arts Center of New Jersey. She is doing a show in September 2018 with Kevin Sampson and a photographer of Outsider Art installations. She invited me to participate. There is a stairwell vestibule for me to transform with my very own installation. Ideas are already percolating.