MOSA MCNEILLY is a visual artist, performer and ritualist, researcher, educator and editor. Working through transdisciplinary research methodologies she investigates themes of Black radical imagination, Middle Passage memory and embodying the Sacred as creative praxes of freedom and self-realization. In her twenty-nine years experience McNeilly’s art and performance works have been exhibited, published and performed extensively, she has lectured and spoken on panels in universities, and has cultivated dedicated spiritual and cultural practices informed by African and Indigenous knowledges. She has received numerous arts and academic awards, and has delivered hundreds of arts education programs in elementary, intermediate, and secondary schools, reaching thousands of learners. Her work has been featured in publications such as: Canadian Women Studies, Revue Noire, American Psychologist, and Borderlines; and has been shown in galleries such as: A Space, Harbourfront Centre, Galerie Céline Allard in Toronto, and Pier 21 in Halifax. She has performed in such venues as: the Royal Ontario Museum and Ontario Place in Toronto, Dalhousie University in Halifax, and Lloyd Best Institute in Trinidad; and has made lecture presentations at such institutions as: York University, University of Waterloo, and OCAD University; Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, Art Gallery of Hamilton, and the Ontario Black History Society. McNeilly is a graduate of the Ontario College of Art and Design and The School of the Toronto Dance Theatre, with studies at the Parsons School of Design and the Royal Conservatory of Music. She has received teachings from African and Indigenous Elders from the Yoruba, Dagara, Shona, and Anishinaabe spiritual traditions. She holds an MES from York University’s Faculty of Environmental Studies with a focus on art, performance and spiritual practices of the African diaspora.
Photos by Alvis Choi, Vero Diaz, and Anique J. Jordan, 2014-2015, and Mosa McNeilly, 2013-2015.
Mixed media encaustic assemblage and installation artworks by Mosa McNeilly, 1995-2015.