April Banks is a conceptual artist. Her image-based installations explore issues relating to international trade and commerce, farmer’s rights, and race and human rights. Though the subject of her work varies, the common thread is the disparity of access and economy.
She straddles disgust and desire making work that is simultaneously attractive and repulsive. The sensitivity of the subject is tempered by a touch of humor or irony, which makes the work less confrontational and more like a mutual effort between the artist and viewer.
Combining sculpture, photography, video and sound, her installations pay keen attention to detail and form. They are the result of deep and immersive research processes, including travel to other countries to gather first-hand experience.
She continues to increase the scale of her work as she move towards her ultimate goal of creating installations at an architectural scale. She experiments with new materials and processes and ways to combine photography, sculpture and installation—to distort and re-image the "image."
April graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture from Hampton University in Virginia in 1996 and a Master of Science in Environmental Design from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena in 1999. She has exhibited in Los Angeles, the San Francisco Bay Area, Chicago, Minneapolis, Cleveland, Daytona Beach, New Hampshire, Maryland, New York, Switzerland, Colombia, Brazil, United Arab Emirates and Senegal.