Dail Chambers is a mother, visual and community artist. Her work is strongly influenced by the work of Zora Neale Hurston, Katherine Dunham and Alice Walker. Chambers focuses on the migration of American black women and creatives through ethnographic, genealogical and biographical research. Her art is a testament of personal and political progress captured in sculpture, installation and creative writing.
In the published book, Itshanapa, the artist adopts a public moniker. The name and title embodies a mythological story of search for identity while digging up the life of her maternal grandmother. This is a place based project that moves through generations of Saint Louis discovery. The book and artwork from this project is an example of the Akan philosophy of Sankofa, which means to” reach back and get.”
As a certified Usui Reiki Master, Chambers encourages healing. Ethnobotany and the knowledge of natural materials are a key component to the creative process. Sculptures are made of clay, bamboo, sand and found object. Live plants accentuate the artist’s installations. In a variety of forms, power objects are a recurring theme throughout the artist’s career.
Dail Chambers is the lead founder of Yeyo Arts Collective, a nonprofit in Saint Louis, Missouri dedicated to the creative empowerment of women and families.Yeyo Arts collective is organized as a group centered organization that operates a cooperative gallery. Girls Create is an empowerment program for young girls. Rediscovering the Black Arts Movement is a look at the influence of a national cultural and political movement on Saint Louis and the artists of the area. A long list of collaborations and successes has been achieved by members of the group.