Will Kasso Condry

Will Kasso Condry is a renowned visual artist and educator living in Vermont. Kasso is a visionary and Afro-futuristic artist well-known for his use of color and layers. Additionally, his life’s work centers on using mural arts as a vehicle for community-building, activism, beautification, and healing. Kasso is co-creator of Juniper Creative Arts, a Black family collective with a mission-driven practice of creating art that both involves and celebrates underrepresented communities. They use visual art and community murals to lift up the voices, images, and people that are often left in the margins. Their collective work demonstrates the power of community and what happens when we pause to witness one another and listen across lines of power and difference.

Kelis the Afronaut: Unapologetically Black and Free

hand silkscreen printed and embellished with watercolor, acrylic marker, and aerosol paint on cold-press 300lb watercolor paper

26.5″ x 20.5″ (as framed)

Opening Bid: $759

Artist Statement:
In considering the prompt “What is your vision for the future of Vermont?” I decided to center the artwork around Kelis the Afronaut, a Black warrior conceptualized by my family collective Juniper Creative Arts. Kelis travels through space and time fighting for justice for all Black, Indigenous, and Brown folks. Kelis embodies joy, love, resilience, and a revolutionary spirit. She typically wears armor that keeps her protected against hundreds of years of oppression and the virus of racism. In spite of anti-Black sentiment and injustice, Kelis remains tender, light, and free because Black joy is her rebellion. Kelis is here to remind us that we are interconnected and that we must live and love in mutuality with the natural and spirit worlds. In doing so we help shape a future world where BIPOC folks are free and liberated. Kelis is depicted here without her armor because in a Vermont utopia she doesn’t have to wear protection against racism and oppression. In a Vermont utopia, that virus doesn’t have the conditions to thrive, therefore it cannot take hold. In this utopia, Kelis is free to be Black and full of joy. She holds a poppy flower to honor the lives of those who fought and died in the many revolutions against colonialism, slavery, and racism.