Rashad Ali Muhammad is an interdisciplinary artist of the African diaspora residing in the Washington metropolitan area. Muhammad builds a sense of wonder and mystique in his art as he blends his lived experiences, vivid imagination, and refined aesthetic to create striking representations of the human spirit. His multifaceted practice is informed by formal education in graphic design and photography at American University and fine art and film education in high school. Muhammad's art is a visual feast that takes time to digest as you take in each distinct detail.
For Black Americans, generational memory is the great miracle of Pan Africanism. After traveling to Africa, I became captivated by the blood memory connections African diasporans innately possess with pre-colonial Africa. While many Black Americans may never know their ancestors' names and geographic origins, many have received a wealth of cultural memory passed down for generations. I use my art to explore themes of spirituality, cultural identity, and life lessons through connections of our modern existence with that of our ancestors.
Collaging reminds me of my ancestor's ability to create new ways of existing from disparate sources. A wide array of distinct African traditional knowledge and skills have blended and evolved, driving the Black community forward in the face of decades of systematic oppression. This magic isn't a mistake or a happy coincidence. Collage fuses various repurposed pieces, each with a distinct meaning, combined to create new connections and meanings that captivate and engage the mind. The celebration of my ancestors' spirits empowers me to take on the world, and it's my mission to share their power with my fellow African diasporans.
This cozy throw pillows feature high-quality fabric and prints that will upgrade your space. Zippered cover care instructions: machine wash in cold water using mild detergent and gentle cycle only, hang to dry. Do not bleach. Sewn pillow care instructions: spot clean only.
• 100% pre-shrunk polyester case
• Fabric weight: 8.1 oz/yd² (275 g/m²)
• Fabric with a linen feel
• Hidden zipper
• Machine-washable case
• Shape-retaining 100% polyester insert included (handwash only)
• Blank product components in Mexico sourced from China
• Blank product components in the EU sourced from China and Poland