JIREH L. DRAKE (they//them) is an unapologetic Queer, Black, Non-Binary Baddie, who is reimagining life in Chicago. They are a mixed media drawing and sculpting artist, who is often laughing, chanting or freestyling healing hymns. They are a founding member of For the People Artist Collective (FTP) & of Black Trans Gender Non-Conforming (BTGNC) Collective.
Jireh uses art as a container for conversations around our investment in whiteness and unearthing Black trauma. Their work has a strong sense of patterns, textures and movement. With sound, art & their collectives they are dreaming of a liberated world.
Jireh L. Drake’s has been a featured artist and artist in conversation at “our duty to fight,” Gallery 400 (2016) and at Signs of Protest, Poetry Foundation, archived in the Newberry Library (2017). Featured artist showing solo art at DePaul’s INTERsect Resource and Cultural Center Opening (2017). Curator & artist for FTPs Color Me Healing Book (2018).