A metaphor that embodies the space I seek to explore as a poet, storyteller, and theologian, is dawn: the temporal space before sunrise. Daily we are inundated by cumbersome darkness in the devastating news that affects many bodies surrounding us. We hear stories of oppression, violence, and suffering that feels like that ominous weight of our broken humanity has the final say in who we are and where we are going. Amidst the realness of this darkness, I hope to create work that embodies a space of dawn—where morning is nearer to our mourning than darkness is. Hope is the story of light we tell in the dark. I want to create these stories and inspire others to also create stories of hope with me. Rather than seeking light apart from darkness or dwelling in the dark without any possibilities for light, I seek to embody dawn, the space between and betwixt, the dynamic dialogical relationship in hurting and healing, lament and hope, dreams and reality.
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Dea Jenkins is originally from Houston, Texas. She and her family began moving cross-country when Dea was 10 years old. She has lived in seven states and numerous cities since then. Dea didn’t begin her journey with the arts until she moved back to Houston from Chantilly, Virginia after graduating high school. Through a series of life twists, including deciding not to pursue a career as a professional track runner, Dea “accidentally” discovered an interest and a talent for art making. As she discovered the world of painting, drawing, and graphic design, she ultimately chose to pursue an undergraduate degree in filmmaking from The Art Institute of Houston.
In 2017, Dea moved to Pasadena, California to pursue a dual masters degree in Theology and Intercultural Studies. Her emphasis in Theology and the Arts has grounded her education, helping her to connect to her studies and experience in filmmaking, and preparing her to continue creating spaces for others on dialogues around social injustices. www.deajenkins.com