Rachel Domond is a queer Haitian woman and self-taught artist based in Roxbury, MA. As an urban grower and organizer in her community, she fuses the various pieces of her identity in and throughout her art, in combination with exploring themes of land, food justice and sovereignty, community, liberation politics, and pride in home, drawing from the revolutionary and traditional cultural motives of peoples’ movements both in the U.S. and abroad, past and present.
Within her paintings, She most often refers to the relationship between Black – namely, Haitian and Caribbean women – and the working of the land, while drawing on the power of columbite , a traditional Haitian practice of the collective and their weaving together of land and community, particularly centering in on those of Kiskeya/Ayiti, for inspiration in creating her pieces.
Her goal is to illustrate the beauty and pride of Black connection to land, cultural pride and themes of home, encouraging viewers to appreciate the history of rootedness in communal practices. She seeks to make art that speaks to working peoples’ realities under the global systems that keep us disenfranchised and disempowered, while highlighting the beauty, pride and power of the roots from which we’ve grown as peoples’ movements past and present.