Charmaine Bee is a multi-disciplinary artist working in mediums such as video, movement, sculpture, writing, sound and textile and makes work about Gullah heritage and the histories and manifestations of African diaspora spirituality. They work with materials harvested in the Sea Islands of the United States during the era of slavery, such as rice and indigo. Charmaine also makes work about medical bias as well as healing and wellness through plant medicine and how these histories are activated through portals of geographic sites, time and spaces we can’t see but can feel.
Before receiving an MFA from California Institute of the Arts, Charmaine received a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and has been in residence at ACRE, Landing 3.0 at Gibney Dance Center, 18th St. Arts Center and Fountainhead residency. They have been nominated for the Rema Hort Mann LA Artist Grant and has received the Felix Gonzalez-Torres Foundatin travel grant, the Puffin foundation grant and a Brooklyn Arts Council grant.
Charmaine formally studied herbalism and makes herbal medicine and teaches workshops on herbs for dreaming. They are from the Sea Islands of South Carolina and reside in Bahia, Brazil.