Utilizing 100-foot extensions of rope, twine, fishing net and yarn impeccably wrapped, woven, tied and embellished with recycled beads, ribbon, lace, tape, zip ties and bottle cap bobbles, Theda Sandiford allures you into her hue-imbued, enmeshed installations symbolizing natural hair. Sandiford’s bold albeit whimsically twisted and locked forms gingerly invite the audience into off the-wall conversations about micro aggressions against black women and their hair.
Using personal conflict as a starting point, Theda juxtaposes various fibers with a variety of found materials using free form weaving, coiling, knotting, wrapping and jewelry making techniques. Meticulously collected materials, transformed by their collective memory become “social fabric” weaving together contemporary issues and personal narratives.
Community art making is also key to her process. Multi-disciplinary experiences pairing people, food, wine, music and art, create a safe space to explore themes such as equity & inclusion, sustainability and personal wellbeing.