Artist Statement


Artist Statement

 

Short Statement

Much of my fibers and furniture design exhibits characteristics of duality and precariousness. Using fiber and sculpture as my primary mediums, I form a language that dissects the concept of stability and control from a societal and personal perspective. These works allude to the body in precarious scenarios, all while evoking narratives of personal philosophy, politics, and my identity as a Black woman.

Techniques like interfacing allow me to combine charged objects with chosen textiles. The juxtaposition of unexpected materials enables me to manipulate a culturally prescribed narrative into a personal one.

 

Long Statement

My practice uses fabrics and clothing and other materials as a form of  identification, communication, and as an extension of the body. Used clothing, textiles, along with other fixtures meant to for the body, such as hair, and accessories, are used to communicate stories of philosophy, political narratives, and my identity as a Black woman. Techniques such as interfacing allow me to create my own textiles by layering and pressing multiple materials into one. This technique joins sometimes unrelated materials into a textile which I can weave personal narratives into the inherent narrative of the material.

Much of my fibers and furniture design exhibit characteristics of duality and precariousness that speaks to a societal need for stability and control. My work often relies on a linear quality to the imagination and construction of my objects to achieve this precariousness and perceived frailty.

Another important aspect of my work is my use of reclaimed materials. The use materials help me ponder on the global and social impacts of textiles and design, as I hope to not unnecessarily saturate an already overly saturated market. How I situate myself in this conversation is through my material choices and the heavy reliance on traditional craft techniques to discuss topics of sustainability, and labor.