Wide Load

I started calling this cart Wide Load before I was even conscious of how much of my emotional baggage is tied to the food I eat.
Don’t even think of visiting my Mom without her feeding you and taking a plate home. I can still smell , vivid memories of Father punishing me for not finishing my dinner plate and reminding of the starving children in Africa at the same time. A double whammy of eat your food and feel guilty about eating your food. I could go on and on…

Bottle caps, neon yellow 550 paracord, 200′ neon yellow camo 850 paracord, hollow braided polyurethane rope, solar LED rope lights, recycled Fresh Direct bag and commercial fishing net, zip ties, gold spray paint on recovered shopping cart. Photo by April Tracey
Bottle caps, neon yellow 550 paracord, 200′ neon yellow camo 850 paracord, hollow braided polyurethane rope, solar LED rope lights, recycled Fresh Direct bag and commercial fishing net, zip ties, gold spray paint on recovered shopping cart. Photo by April Tracey

Antenna Grant for Women in the Arts

The Antenna Grant for Women in the Arts offers financial support and mentorship for young women of color pursuing an education, training, and/or career in the visual arts (sculpture, 2-dimensional work, drawing, painting, textiles, film, installations, murals, etc).

Awards are based on artistic merit, evidence of commitment to a career in the arts, and financial need.

Applications for the Antenna Grant for Women in the Arts will be accepted until March 24.

For more details visit the website HERE.

New 25′ Ropes In Progress

I just completed the first layer of yarn on four 25′ length, 1/2″ thick camo ropes. Im used Red Heart Camouflage and Aran Fleck yarn for this layer.

Im playing with the ropes and considering what to weave on next.

Spring Exhibitions

Grand Opening: Somewhere We Landed

Opening Reception: Friday May 3th, 7:30-9:00pm

LOCATION: Drawing Rooms: Topps Building; 26 Newark Ave #T107, Jersey City, New Jersey 07306

Artists were asked to create works that relate to new beginnings, new adventure, new body of work, outer space, atmosphere, place, transportation, land, nature, or utopia. Hundreds of works are on sale during the course of the show, 5/3/19 – 5/11/19, for $200 each.

I made a series of collages from my airplane ticket stubs and a lino print i carved in flight from LA to Newark.

Gallery Hours:
5/5/19 Sunday, 1-6p
5/9/19 Thurs & 5/10/19 Fri, 5-8p
5/11/19 Saturday, 12-6p

Exhibit runs through 5/11/19.

View Points 2019

OPENING RECEPTION: Saturday, May 4 from 7:00 – 9:00 pm.

LOCATION: Studio Montclair Gallery located at 127 Bloomfield Avenue in Montclair, NJ.

This exhibit will be on display from May 2 to June 15, 2019.

Wonder Woman Selfie’ is a collage for the ages. Colorful, warm and strong – it reflects the best of what a person can see in themselves.

48″x36″x2″ Mixed Media 2017 I LOVE Wonder Woman. I grew up watching the Linda Carter’s Wonder Woman and wanted to be a bad ass too. After seeing Patty Jenkins’s Wonder Woman in Theaters, I knew I had to pattern my next Super Selfie after Wonder Woman ‘

No Boundaries Benefit

BENEFIT: Saturday, May 4th, 2019 8:00-11:00pm

LOCATION: The Woodland; 60 Woodland Road Maplewood, NJ

You can bid on the piece I made for this show. … herehttps://www.accelevents.com/e/NoBoundariesBenefit/A/TSA

Open Orange 2019

Opening Reception: May 9th, 6:000-9:00pm

LOCATION‘: Community Gallery at ValleyArts: 400 S. Jefferson St., Orange, NJ

Mark your calendar for the Artist Talk and Closing Celebration on June 8, 3-5pm to see this piece and learn more about my Wonder Women series.

“Most performers take themselves too seriously. They forget there is a difference between the characters they play on the screen or stage and themselves, but the public doesn’t forget there is a difference. They see how silly it is if you try to be the same person all the time.”

Grace Jones
“Grace Jones is my Muse” 36″x24″x2″ Mixed Media; Acrylic paint, Xerox image transfers, stencil printed deli, paper, paper punched recycled envelops, tissue paper, buttons, glitter appliqués, glitter, embroidered collar on canvas, 2018

Portraits and Narratives- Artist Talk

SAVE THE DATE: Friday May 10, 2019, 7:00-9:00pm

LOCATION: Akwaaba Gallery, 509 S Orange Ave, Newark, NJ

Come Meet and speak to me and artists Kortez and Jimmy James Greene about our work in the “Portraits and Narratives” Exhibition.

World Collage Day Pop Up Exhibition

Pop Up Collage Show : Saturday May 11, 2019, 1:00-5:00pm

LOCATION: Garden Level Gallery: 315 3rd Street, Jersey City NJ

Celebrate World Collage Day with me, as we honor our local community of artists and the art of collage!

Get inspiration from our World Collage Day Pop Up Exhibition and then spend an afternoon making artwork with the participating artists.
#worldcollageday

Participating Artists:
Luis Alves Collage: Luis Alves’s photo collages utilizes appropriated imagery from magazines, to incite dialogue on the role the media plays in the shaping of our lives. Each collage is hand-manipulated with the goal of transformation as a way of commenting on, satirizing or criticizing the source material.

Theda Sandiford: Theda Sandiford: Using internal conflict and diverse recycled materials as a starting point she constructs a mixed media mask to protect herself from fear. What may start off as an ugly statement about herself, is in the end transformed into something beautiful. Theda photographs her process and then digitally manipulate these images to extend the narrative.

Leslie Sheryll: Leslie Sheryll’s photo based collages start with appropriated 19th century tintypes which she scans and digitally manipulates. Sheryll then incorporate historical facts, imagery, personal experience and an infusion of fantasy to create a new narrative about women

BradTerhune: Brad Terhune is forever seeking out new materials to work with leads to changes in style and subject. Terhune looks to create a weird, surreal world, and have been influenced by early twentieth century art movements that embraced and explored collage, while continuing to explore this vibrant medium in the contemporary arena.

Let’s show the world what it looks like when people come together as a community. #worldcollageday

Bring paper, magazines, found materials and your preferred substrate. I have paint, scissors and various glues…
$5 suggested donation to cover material costs.

Welcome to Fight Club Digital Print On Metallic Photo Paper 20 x 20 in Framed Size: 22 x 22 x 1 in 2017 Being a black woman in corporate America is like Fight Club. I must mold my personality to be palatable as a peach and keep my opinions to myself. The first rule of Fight Club is: you do not talk about Fight Club.  The second rule of Fight Club is: you DO NOT talk about Fight Club!  Third rule of Fight Club: if someone yells “stop!”, goes limp, or taps out, your career is over.

 2019 Cathedral Arts Festival

CHAMPAGNE GALA: Saturday, May 18, 2019, 7:00pm.

LOCATION: Grace Church Van Vorst, 39 Erie St, Jersey City NJ

Exhibition on view through June 7th,

I’m always down for a champagne gala. Join me. Tickets may be purchased for $50 by cash or check at drop-off or online at www.cathedralartslive.org.Tickets will cost $60 at the door.

I made these abstract figurative self portraits over the course of 5 weekends using the fine print from my MS infusion drug, Tysbari, paper scraps and mono-printed deli paper. Take a close look at the fine print to see the multitude of symptoms i’m dealing with this hidden illness. Each drawing is representative of a MS treatment, I get infusions every 6 weeks to suppress my immune system and slow the progression of the disease.

Digital Big Mouths- New Metallic Photo Prints

My status as “other” does not always grant the luxury to say what is truly there for me, to correct a slight or present an alternative point of view. I have to be vigilantly self aware, and know the right time to speak up or how to frame my words so that they can be received in the best possible light. Sharing my uncensored opinion can quickly get me labeled as being “too big in a room” or worse an “Angry Black Woman”. When that happens, full stop. My opinion is dismissed outright. Somewhere along the way, I’ve even stopped correcting people who mispronounce my name. It’s Thee-duh if you are interested.

11″x14″ print in frame, 20″x16″ total size.

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2018 International Juried Exhibition

Out of nine hundred entries from over three hundred artists from across the United States, Canada, Italy, France, Japan, Korea and Singapore, Side Eye won one of 40 spots in 2018 International Juried Exhibition curated by Dr. Midori Yoshimoto at The Center for Contemporary Art this November.

The exhibition dates are November 8th-December 22nd. Please join me for the opening reception.

OPENING RECEPTION: November 8th, 6:00-8:00PM

LOCATION: The Center for Contemporary Art;  2020 Burnt Mills Rd, Bedminster Township, NJ 07921

Side Eye
For a perfect side-eye you have to keep your head steady and straight ahead and do it all with your eyes. Side Eye 24 x 20 x 1 in Aluminum Print Subject Matter: Identity 2015

Gossip

If you don’t have haters, you are playing small ball in your life. Believe me, this is not fake news.

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Gossip 2
12″x12″
Digital print on watercolor paper. Limited edition 1/10

Gossip 2
Gossip 2 12″x12″ Digital print on watercolor paper. Limited edition 1/10