Anonymous Girl In Salon, 2015,
mixed-media sound sculpture, detailed view
12"x 9"x 6"
My current project, Dioko , (Wolof, meaning connections), bring focus to the "Little Senegalese" community within Harlem, while exploring its cultural connections to the African-American community.
Elvira Clayton was born in Lafayette, Louisiana and grew up in Houston, Texas. She began her work as a performance artist in theater and has expanded to include visual art genres. Her work explores ancestral lineage, identity, and place; examining how these concepts are shaped by social and political history.
Since relocating to Harlem, New York City, in 2006, much of Clayton’s work has focused on community-based, socially engaging projects.
Blending mixed-media, including oral history, photography, collage and mobile installations, her compositions communicate and illuminate stories of everyday people.