Isissa Komada-John is a mixed, Afro-Caribbean artist and designer, raised in Brooklyn and Queens, New York. Working primarily in clay, her work serves to encourage contemplative practice and spark personal and collective healing and transformation.
These days, Isissa is practicing liberation by moving at the pace of her body and building a life that is supportive of her creative needs and dreams. She is a recipient of ceramics fellowships from the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts (Wingate University Fellowship) and The Color Network. She has been awarded grants and scholarships from Artists’ Literacies Institute and the Penland School of Craft, and she was a 2022 artist-in-residence at Township 10. She serves on the advisory circle for Kindred Accelerator, an alternative MFA program for artists of color.
In the past, Isissa served as the Exhibitions Manager and Designer for the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem, and as the Exhibitions Director of the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts in Brooklyn. Isissa holds a degree in Africana Studies from Brown University.
She has spent recent years traveling throughout the US; in 2020, she worked and practiced at Dhamma Dena Meditation Center in Joshua Tree, California, and she made art in community in Carrizozo, New Mexico in 2021. Isissa currently finds herself at home in the mountains of Western North Carolina stewarding land collectively.