Since childhood, Tanesha Childs has created figurative stories of worlds inspired by her surroundings. While studying at Atlanta Metropolitan State College she began building items and artifacts in these dreamworlds. Mediums Childs has explored in her installation works have gone from ceramic, paper, shoes and cotton candy. Her work is all mystically placed in a Childish Reality, a play with her last name, which is based on our individual change in reality based on our perception. She wants viewers to see where misunderstandings can impact situations and ideas. By placing the audience in a child’s point of view, she is giving them fresh eyes to see dilemmas, or people.
At The University of Alabama concentrating on her photographic work, Tanesha currently explores the black experience incorporating Afrofuturism, Trap Culture, and Black Consciousness. Creatively displaying black people in the art world, she’s also awakening political statements with her recent works that capture different opinions from those of different backgrounds. The ominous narratives of her photography keep viewers in their present reality while simultaneously detaching them from what they may have thought they were viewing. While the images are visually interesting, she wants her audience to pull further in the contemplation of “what they thought” v.s. “what they see”.