Damali Abrams the Glitter Priestess is a New York City based artist, Reiki practitioner, and educator at York College in Jamaica, Queens. Her work pursues a futurism largely sourced from the Guyanese diaspora, Afro-Caribbean folklore and religious practice, while combining found materials from popular culture. For Jamaica Flux 2021, the artist will research the oral histories of culture-makers in Jamaica to create a series of collage portraits based on recorded interviews with local artists and business owners, supported by additional materials from the Queens Central Library.
Abrams is a current Creative-In-Residence at Brooklyn Public Library, and has previously participated in residencies at Fresh Milk in Barbados, Groundation Grenada, The Center for Book Arts, Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning (JCAL), and LMCC on Governors Island. She has been a fellow at Culture Push, the Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop, A.I.R. Gallery, and apexart in Seoul, South Korea. She is a recipient of the Queens Council on the Arts New Works Grant.