a.Kiara is an up-and-coming Sculptor, Ceramicist, and Art Historian. a.Kiara’s artistic musings unravel the layers of her identity as an African American and Puerto Rican artist. Her Caribbean heritage is reclaimed in her ceramic practices and she finds empowerment in her black womanhood through her figurative works. Her portfolio ranges from self-portraits to wide scale expressions of her cultural identity. Her love for art is fueled by challenge: The challenge to create; the challenge to communicate; the challenge to disrupt. She uses her body of work to provoke questions on the conceptions of race and gender: Who is seen and who isn’t? a.Kiara’s pieces subvert historical representations of femininity through the insertion of the contemporary black female body.