"My work crosses disciplines, and weaves in and out of social issues because I intend to be all the way free, not just a little- but completely."


Charlyn Griffith (A.K.A @_oroori_ bka Charly Brownskin) is an interdisciplinary artist, social scientist and cultural worker. Charlyn’s own arts background started in dance and theater, and was born out of the 1980's/90's era Zeitgeist of modernism. They have been shaped by the overlaps of their Caribbean upbringing in the US and their English immigrant experiences.

Their current work is exploring 3 dimensional figures, and painting- 17 years in education facilitated them playing with concepts with children, before sharpening their style for showing. They’re a gardener, muralist and designer, within the last 4 years, bringing their aesthetics to learning and green space planning. Their experiments in theater as a therapeutic practice have been a mechanism by which they have been healing their own PTSD from sexual abuse.

Charlyn continues to study the anthropo, bio, socio and technological implications of popular and emergent culture to understand the future of their practices and ppl. They founded Sanctuary wholistic arts, a Philadelphia arts venue where over 500 artists have performed, and numerous social activist theatrical performances and capacity building workshops have been held. Wholistic is a second iteration of this artistic and social activist hub.

View their portfolio here.