The Chrysalis Collection

The Chrysalis Collection celebrates
the beauty of a woman's spirit through
the metaphoric power of a butterfly
The chrysalis honors the shelter of
the spirit, the soul.
It is where
transformations take place to rest,
heal and inspire the empowerment
of the self to emerge in wisdom,
strength and beauty.

Her techniques of collage and photomontage catapulted her into a series of works on paper, The Chrysalis Collection, featuring celestial women with butterfly wings. She acknowledges the style of collage and visual inspiration from such artists as Romare Bearden, Faith Ringgold, Jabolo, Emma Amos, Gordon Parks and Candace Hill Montgomery.

New work by Clymenza continues to explore transformation and renewal in the realms of The Underground Forest inspired by myths, music, movies fairy/folk tales including author's Zora Neal Hurston,

Angela Carter and Clarissa Pinkola Estes. She also enjoys creating her tales in altered art books.


A native of New Britain, Conn,. Clymenza was a member of Hartford's Conntours program and as a performance artist with WORKS Contemporary Dance Company.
Clymenza has been published in African Voices magazine, in an anthology, Streetlights: Illuminating Tales of the Urban Black Experience by Doris Jean Austin and Martin Simmons (Penguine), and has written articles for Harlem's The Citizen Newspaper. Her visual artworks have been featured in The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York City, Erector Square Gallery, New Haven, Conn. and the June 1998 edition of Heart & Soul magazine, and Somerset Studio Gallery III, Real Art Ways, Hartford, Conn.
Her artwork has recently been featured at MOCADA(Brooklyn, NY), Danny Simmons Corridor Gallery (Brooklyn, NY) The Skylight Gallery of the Bedford-Stuyvesant Restoration (Brooklyn, NY),
"A Blues for Nina" at Borough of Manhattan Community Center.
She is also one of the mural artists of the Paint With Love/Women's Health Community Project for the Breast Examination Center of Harlem which is on view at the wall of H&M on Harlem's 125th Street.
She will also be featured in the book Nice Dreads: Hair Care Basics and Inspiration for Colored Girls Who've Considered Locking Their Hair by Lonnice Brittenum Bonner due out in February 2005 by Penguin/Crown Publishing Group.

She was commissioned by Grammy Award winning artist Erykah Badu to design her Live CD cover.

Clymenza has a show room in New Britain, CT., you may reach her at:
From Clmenza's Contact Page