Interracial desire, same-sex love, and racial and sexual bigotry are recurrent themes in Nayland Blake's sculptures, drawings, performances, and videos, which reflect their preoccupation with their own racial and sexual identities. Blake explores ideas about whiteness and blackness, not only as they relate to race, but as the skin itself and how that skin determines one's identity.
Nayland Blake attended Bard College in Annandale-On-Hudson (BFA) then moved to California and attended the California Institute of the Arts, Valencia (MFA). Blake has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship and their work has been included in the Whitney Biennial and Venice Biennale. Their works have been included in group exhibitions at Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, New Museum in New York, Institute of Contemporary Photography in New York, Artists Space in New York, Philadelphia’s Institute of Contemporary Art, Tate Liverpool, and Center for Contemporary Art at Ujazdowski Castle in Warsaw, among others.