Beyond Tapestry Expanded

I am thrilled to share some exciting news: my work, the Blackity Black Blanket Ladders, has been selected for inclusion in the American Tapestry Association’s show, Beyond Tapestry Expanded. This opportunity is truly an honor for me as a non-traditional fiber artist.

The Blackity Black Blanket Ladders are more than just pieces of art; they are a reflection of my deep exploration into implicit bias and the complexities that arise from discussions surrounding sensitive topics. Implicit bias is a shared human experience, one that I believe is essential to confront with self-awareness rather than moral judgment.

Through this body of work, I aim to provide a visceral portrayal of the relentless barrage of microaggressions and the absence of comfort they create. Each ladder adorned with zip-tie blankets symbolizes my journey to ascend beyond these microaggressions, yet the weight of these interactions often feels like an impediment to progress.

I want to emphasize that acknowledging bias is not a condemnation of character; rather, it is a call to action. Neglecting the impact of bias is shortsighted, and my art seeks to urge individuals towards self-awareness and collective action in dismantling bias.

By confronting biases head-on, we can work towards fostering a more equitable and understanding society. Through this visual narrative, I hope to inspire others to join me on this journey towards greater empathy and inclusivity.

Thank you to the American Tapestry Association for recognizing the importance of these conversations and for providing a platform for artists like myself to share our perspectives. I am grateful for the opportunity to contribute to the dialogue through my art.

American Tapestry Association’s Beyond: Tapestry Expanded

Exhibition Dates: August 1- December 15

Location: Peeler Art Center at DePauw University; 204 E. Seminary St., Greencastle IN  

Blackity Black Blanket Ladders, 10 ‘x 5’ Recycled commercial fishing net and black 4″ zip tie blanket on antique library ladders.

Metamorphosis: Recycled, Repurposed, Reimagined.

Now that I am resident of the Virgin Islands, traveling to the mainland during the winter is not a thing for me anymore. My work however will make the journey to Metamorphosis: Recycled, Repurposed, Reimagined opening this week at Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center in MD.

Metamorphosis: Recycled, Repurposed, Reimagined

Exhibition Dates: February 9- April 21

Opening Reception: February 9 from 5 to  7pm.

Location: Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center; 13470 Dowell Rd, Solomons, MD

Beaded Braids- Double Dutch is a joyful throwback to when I wore my hair in braids ladened down with pony beads and jumped double dutch rope with my cousins in Queens NY.

Beaded Braids- Double Dutch , Orange; Cider Six Packs and various single use bottle caps strung and knotted with blue and white polyurethane rope

Me and My Ponytails Thank You!

I am overwhelmed with gratitude for the incredible turnout at the opening of “Ponytails and Door Knocker Earrings” in the Time Equities Building. Seeing so many people come out to support my work was truly humbling, and I am deeply appreciative of each and every person who took the time to attend. Especially in the dead of winter on the coldest day of the year in NYC, so far.

I want to extend a special thank you to Natalie Kates from Kate Ferres Project for her invaluable introduction to the curator, Tessa Ferreyros. Natalie’s support and guidance have been instrumental in helping me navigate the art world, and I am endlessly grateful for her friendship and mentorship.

I also want to express my gratitude to Tessa Ferreyros for curating this exhibition, Bryce Grates for her installation logistics planning and to Time Equities Inc. (TEI) Art-in-Buildings for sponsoring it. It is an honor to have my work displayed, and I am thrilled to be a part of this collaboration.

“Ponytails and Door Knocker Earrings” will be on display until July 1, 2024, the lobby is open to the public 24 hours a day. Thank you again to everyone who came out to support me. I will share more when the artist talk has been locked in…

Ponytails and Door Knocker Earring Installation

Dates: January 17-  July 1

Location: Time Equities Lobby 55 5th Avenue, New York NY

February  & Beyond Blog

Artist in Residence @ Surface Design Association:  – Parallel Play  

Conference Dates:  January 27- February 3

Open Studio Jan 29 @ 2:00pm ET

Open Studio Feb 1 @ 2:00pm ET

Artist Talk Feb 3 @ 3:00pm ET

Warriors

Exhibition Dates: February 3- 25

Opening Reception: Saturday, February 3 from 5 to 8 pm.

Location: Art House Gallery: 345 Marin Blvd, Jersey City, NJ 

Weaving As Artistic Expression

Date: February 8th, 8:00pm ET

Location: Hudson Valley Mohawk Weavers Zoom

Metamorphosis: Recycled, Repurposed, Reimagined

Exhibition Dates: February 9- April 21

Opening Reception: February 9 from 5 to  7pm.

Location: Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center; 13470 Dowell Rd, Solomons, MD 

ONGOING

Ponytails and Door Knocker Earring Installation

Dates: January 17-  July 17

Location: Time Equities Lobby 55 5th Avenue, New York NY

UPCOMING

Touchstone Artist Residency

Dates: May 10-24

Location: Touchstone Center for Crafts; 1049 Sr2003, Farmington, PA 

Free Your Mind @ Touchstone

Dates: May 17 – September 20

Location: Touchstone Center for Crafts; 1049 Sr2003, Farmington, PA 

Uncontained: Reimagining Basketry

Exhibition Dates: May 19, 2024 – September 2, 2024

Location: Hunterdon Art Museum, 7 Lower Center St, Clinton, NJ

Free Your Mind @ 2024 Discover

Exhibition Dates: June 7 – August 30

Opening Reception: June 7, 5:00-9:00 pm

Location: Delaware Contemporary; 200 S Madison St, Wilmington, DE

Beyond: Tapestry Expanded

Exhibition Dates: August 1- December 15

Location: Peeler Art Center at DePauw University; 204 E. Seminary St., Greencastle IN  

Touchstone Artist Residency

Dates: September 13-27

Location: Touchstone Center for Crafts; 1049 Sr2003, Farmington, PA 

In Person Free Your Mind Artist  Talk 

Dates: September 20

Location:  Touchstone Center for Crafts; 1049 Sr2003, Farmington, PA 

Excellence in Fibers Closing Jan 7

Excellence in Fibers VIII

Excellence in Fibers is an annual juried exhibition from Fiber Art Now magazine. Out of the exhibition’s 40 artists featured in the magazine’s Winter 2023 issue, 16 artists were selected by guest curator Demetri Broxton to be exhibited at the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles. The artists chosen showcase contemporary innovation through their techniques while working to address the most pressing issues of present-day society. It has been a distinct honor to participate in this show.

December Exhibitions & Beyond

ONGOING

Process and Delight: The New P & D

Exhibition Dates: through December 2

Location: Equity Gallery, 245 Broome St, New York, NY 10002

I Am My Hair

Exhibition Dates: through January 1, 2024

Location: Louis L. Redding Gallery, 800 North French Street, Wilmington DE 19801

Excellence In Fibers

Exhibition Dates: through January 7, 2024.

Location: San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textile; 520 S First St, San Jose, CA 

World of Threads Festival

Exhibition Dates: through January 14, 2024

Location: Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre; 2302 Bridge Rd, Oakville, ON L6L 3L5, Canada

NEXT YEAR

Uncontained: Reimagining Basketry

Exhibition Dates: May 19, 2024 – September 2, 2024

Location: Hunterdon Art Museum, 7 Lower Center St, Clinton, NJ

Exhibiting Artists: Eileen Braun, Anina Major, Leon Niehues, Mo Kelman, Terrol Dew Johnson & Aranda/Lasch, Becca Barolli, Sylvie Alusitz, Hanna Vogel, and Dennis Redmoon Darkeem.