Despite the growing commitment to racial equity, the day-to-day experiences of women of color have not improved. Women of color face similar types and frequencies of microaggressions as they did before the BLM.
The weight of these triggers underpins very real consequences… stress, anger, frustration, self-doubt and ultimately feelings of powerlessness and invisibility. These triggers come with a hefty toll of emotional baggage.
Extensions of rope, wrapped, knotted, woven, and embellished with recycled textiles, zip ties, ribbon and yarn, gingerly invite the audience into off the-wall conversations about the “respectability politics” of black hair. My Emotional Baggage Carts are vessels for this racial trauma. The act of making, weaves the sting of daily microaggressions into the cart, freeing me from these constraints.
Join the conversation.
Triggered, Truth & Transformation
Schweinfurth Art Center:
Exhibition Dates: March 25-May 28, 2023
Location: 205 Genesee St. Auburn, NY
Wa Na Wari
Exhibition Dates: April 22, 2023- July 17, 2023
Location: 911 24th Avenue, Seattle WA
The Lab at Krasl Art Center
Exhibition Dates: July 1, 2023- September 17, 2023
There is opportunity to shift structural language when a person is invited to play with unexpected materials without any expectations. Throughout the weekend of JCAST, Sky Garden Gallery and Theda Sandiford invite you to make strings of beads from recycled bottle caps.
Drawing inspiration from various beading traditions, mixing different bottle caps to make a string of colorful oversized beaded necklaces. Your creation will become a part of an upcoming installation celebrating personal adornment.
You can also tour Sky Garden Gallery and interact with my Emotional Baggage Cart series.
I am looking forward to making, with you….
Friday September 30, 3:00-8:00 pm
Saturday October 1, 12:00-6:00 pm
Sunday October 2, 12:00-6:00 pm
Location: Sky Garden Gallery, 150 Bay Street, PH9, Jersey City NJ
NOTE: Entrance 150 Bay residential lobby with the sculpture in the courtyard and ride the elevator to the 10th floor, Sky Garden Gallery is in PH9. Follow the signs to the gallery.
There is opportunity to shift structural language when a person plays with unexpected materials without any expectations. My Emotional Baggage Carts are designed to draw you in and spark your curiosity. Not only to discover what materials are used to create these sculptures, but to look within, recognize and release the emotional baggage you may be carrying.
You are invited to work with me on an Emotional Baggage Cart in progress at Art 150, 150 Bay Street, Studio #231 on Friday September 9th from 6-9pm.
Enter Art150 at 1st Street and Provost St and ride the elevator to the second floor. Sudio #231.
Feel free to bring any recycled fibers or textiles to weave onto the cart. No experience necessary.
BUTTER seeks to push boundaries by elevating Black artists in the national conversation, promoting equity in the arts and fueling the creative economy. The multi-day fine art fair in Indianapolis will showcase the works of more than 50 Black visual artists from across the country. I am representing New Jersey with my installation “Free Your Mind” and my Emotional Baggage Cart series.
General admission tickets are available for purchase at www.butterartfair.com for $35 (guests 18 and under are free). Preview Night tickets (includes Thursday night access) will be available for purchase for $175.
I will be attending the VIP Preview night and part of opening day before heading back to Jerz.
Thursday, September 1: VIP Preview Night, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Friday, September 2: Opening Day and Night, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.