“As part of Native African practice, face painting has been used as a catharsis and a way to pay respect to ancestors and religious beings. I chose this medium in which to work as a way to take an ancestral practice and thrust it into contemporary spaces.”
Phlegm is a New Orleans native visual artist. Through the use of self-portraiture and mixed-media face painting, Phlegm strives to pay direct homage to native African religious and cultural practices and also expand the representation of Black native New Orleanians by using the face as a canvas. He graduated from Lusher Charter School in 2010 and from the University of New Orleans in 2015. Phlegm primarily distributes his work online through the Instagram handle @mynameisphlegm.