Currently lives & works in Ocean Springs, MS
Returning to Tulane University in New Orleans, LA in August of 2019
Dharma Gilley is a poet and a visual artist who works mainly in mixed media and acrylic. Their paintings manifest an awareness of uncertainty, and often contain masked words and unsteady lines to portray the instability of circumstance. Dharma’s poems tend to be abnormally structured, in order to evoke emotions that are usually abandoned. They feel linked to the trials and tribulations that they and those around them face, and strive to take adversity and turn it into pieces that are engaging and honest. Dharma is an avid believer in self-love, and their work centers on an intrinsic need to build a "home' in themself.
When not painting or writing, Dharma is gardening, watching sunsets, and taking photos of their loved ones.
Dharma has also written many personal articles and poems for Lithium Magazine. They have been a contributor for the online publication since it first began in 2015. You can check out some of their work here!
Sept. 2014-July 2018 - Teen Art Lessons with Carmen Lugo
May 2017 - Mixed Media Workshop with Mary Hardy
Aug. 2018-Present - Tulane University (Art Major)
Exhibitions & Festivals
Mar. 2016 - Takeover Art Show, Greenhouse on Porter
May 2016 - Teen Art Exhibit, Mary C O'Keefe Cultural Center
Feb. 2017 - Opp Shop, Greenhouse on Porter
May 2017 - Pop Up on the Patio, Smith & Lens
June 2017 - Opp Shop, Greenhouse on Porter
Sept. 2017 - Opp Shop, Greenhouse on Porter
Oct. 2017 - First Friday, Almost Circle Gallery
Mar. 2018 - First Friday, Almost Circle Gallery
Mar. 2018 - MSLC Art Fest, Almost Circle Gallery
Oct. 2018 - 3rd Annual Odd Ball, Almost Circle Gallery
Mar. 2019 - Pop Up on the Patio, Smith & Lens
May 2019 - Under the Flower Moon, Hancock County Arts Collective
Oct. 2015 - Eudora Welty Ephemera Prize