Jabari Reed-Diop aka “iBOMS”
St. Pete, FL
Fairgrounds St. Pete Project
Bleak, Apoxie sculpt, plastic resin, Acrylic paint, Rubber ducks, G scale train car
iBOMS’ FLORIDARAMA diorama, Bleak, is a custom painted G scale model train car half-submerged in water with rubber ducks swimming around it. About making his diorama, iBOMS says it is his “most complex 3D artwork to date.”
A native of St. Pete, iBOMS’ practice is a mix of street art and storytelling and seeks to give meaning to the mundane and inspire viewers to look closer at situations to observe their truths and not take them at face value. Each of his artworks has a unique story and personal references. iBOMS’ work draws viewers into his world, the world of a young African American man. He does this by depicting lively characters that appear happy, but with closer examination darker themes reveal themselves in the details of the canvas.
7 Questions with FLORIDARAMA artist iBOMS on the Fairgrounds St. Pete blog