2021 Year In Review

I began the year pouring over Anti-Racism learning resources and developed two microaggressions curatorial concepts.

Curated Privilege, Power and Everyday Life and gave a virtual talk about Microaggressions for Studio Montclair.

I extended this work into a self-directed social justice art project, Free Your Mind. Participants are invited to write a statement about implicit bias or a microaggression they have experienced onto a ribbon and then tie the ribbon onto a net to remove this story from their personal narrative. Free Your Mind displayed at Bridge Art Gallery in Bayonne in September, ArtHouse Productions JCFriday at Art 150 in Jersey City and at a Miami Art Week pop up in December.

Imagine the healing possible if people released their trauma. I’m currently looking for other locations to share and collect story ribbons. You are also welcome to drop off any luggage on the virtual page, HERE.

I welcome your suggestions and contribution to this work.

I also delved deeply into my own emotional baggage triggered by racial trauma and created of a new body of work, weaving onto recovered shopping carts.

My Emotional Baggage Carts serve… to separate myself from the daily experience of microaggressions and create a new possibility for myself, free from these constraints.

Power Puff with Black Racing Stripes

So far, I have made 19 full size emotional baggage carts, exploring a range of emotions, triggers and impacts from invisibility to the expression of joy as an act of resistance. Given the challenges of moving around my fleet of shopping carts. I miniaturized the concept and have been making mini desktop emotional baggage carts. Get yours here.

As you can imagine, a fleet of emotional baggage carts can take up considerable space. They have taken over Sky Garden Gallery both inside and on the roof and my studio. And they have found temporary homes as public art installations in Summit NJ and NY Governors Island.

The public art installation of “The Baggage We Carry features three emotional baggage carts on display in Summit NJ from April 2021-April 2022.

MoCADA house public art installation of the “Wide Load” emotional baggage cart was a favorite at Governors Island, NY this Summer. I also enjoyed a yearlong virtual solo show, Hidden in Plain Sight, at MoCADA in Brooklyn NY and look forward to the opening of the new museum space next year.

This Spring, I secured gallery representation with Ivy Brown Gallery and couldn’t be happier with the partnership and guidance she is giving me to curate my art career on my own terms. Thank you Ivy Brown.

I displayed my large scale weaving “You Are So Articulate” and lead a virtual artist talk at NJAA Revision & Respond at the Newark Museum of Art. Take a peek at the show catalog

I was deeply honored to have had my work included in a show amongst so many artists whose works I admire greatly, “Wonder Women Tapestry” in The Social Fabric: Black Artistry in Fiber Arts, An Exhibition in Homage to Viki Craig at the Morris Museum got a fantastic write up.

I even hosted my city councilman, James Solomon at I am My Hair– yarn wrapping session during the first in person JC Friday open studio since the beginning of the pandemic.

And my “Ponytails and Door Knockers” rope sculptures were used in a collaborative dance work, People, Place, Disruption with NIMBUS, Jersey City performed at NJPAC and at Nimbus, Jersey City. I was completely blown away by the thoughtful use of my fiber work in this dance. Gorgeous.

I opened my Art 150 studio during JCAST for the community art project Bottle Cap Pearls and displayed “Middle Passage” emotional baggage cart installation during Newark Arts Festival and was juried into Art Fair 14C Juried show for a second time.

This month during Miami Art Week, Free Your Mind collected microaggression story ribbons at Ed Varie’s Sunsets Party at The Standard. And my fiber rope work and Mind Over Matter emotional baggage cart were showcased with Ndr Nw Mgmt (Under New Management) at Untitled Art Fair.

Who knows what 2022 will bring, I look forward to finding out….

Miami Sunset

I am pleased to participate in Sunsets, an Energy Balance Gathering, a special engagement hosted by Ed. Varie in Miami Beach November 27, 2021.

Sunsets will present a textile installation of artist Kameron Robinson, an abstract, expressive body of work, aimed to envelop the viewer in the warmth and healing energy of the Sun.

Free Your Mind, is a public textile social justice art project aiming to collect, exhibit, embed, and release personal narratives about Microagressrions in a textile art piece created by Theda Sandiford.

Sunsets will be on view Saturday November 27, with a private cocktail reception by RSVP only. 

Please RSVP to rsvp@edvarie.com or text 917.971.5898 for location and additional details.

Homeschool Residency Artwork

When the pandemic delayed my artist residency with NOW Friends, Nairobi Kenya, I took measures into my own hands and spend hours scouring the internet looking at images and video of beading, fabric and african art.

This is the result of my self styled homeschooled virtual artist residency.

Cider Six Packs and various single use bottle caps strung and knotted with blue and white polyurethane rope.

Head Full Of Joyful Noise