Throughout Dunkley's career, she has investigated the cultural manifestations of
the African Diaspora saturated in generations of European thought and consciousness. Spiritual immortality, the innocence of childhood, the struggle with self-image and black resistance to
marginalization are all themes in her work. Often with a specific focus on the female, Dunkley renders the documented and undocumented challenges of day-to-day pan-cultural
Culturally enriched by West Indian parents and inspired by the struggles of African descendants displaced throughout the Western Hemisphere, her work explores the experience and politics of denial that informs much of the history of the Americas. This focus coupled with the sociopolitical insights and outcomes of the “American Experience" frames the oeuvre of her work.
Though often typecast as a textile artist, formal training in painting, sculpture, and mixed media enables an integration of media to fit her objectives. In actuality, Dunkley is exploiting the possibility of media, which now include printmaking and video.
Dunkley served for 35 years as the Director of the Clark Atlanta University (CAU) Art Galleries, retiring in 2015. ArtsATL published a fond farewell and anticipation of future achievements in a May 26, 2015 story. Click here.
IMAGE (Top): Tina Dunkley in her studio by Jerry Siegel