Im still going through boxes unpacking and looking for my weaving tools. In the meantime, I’ve been foraging grasses and yucca leaves around Little Fountain, St. Croix USVI to make a woven grass skirt like these in this video as a sculptural form.
There is much to learn from indigenous cultures from around the globe…
I long been a fan of indigenous Guatemalan weaving, but I did not know that wearing traditional clothing was dangerous up until the end of a 36-year-long civil war in 1996. In the years following the war, groups of women have banded together to sustain themselves and their families through weaving.
Note to self: boiled banana plant stalks are a natural dye for PURPLE.
In this weaving, each piece of yarn is representative of a conversation where I was acknowledged for being able to express my thoughts and ideas. Being told I’m well-spoken often comes off as a backhanded compliment. It carries problematic connotations that, it is unusual for someone of my race to be intelligent or eloquent.
The completed weaving is displayed on a DYI loom, as if the work is still in progress because some version of this conversation, continues still…
The New Jersey Arts Annual is a unique series of exhibitions highlighting the State’s visual and performing artists. It is open to any artist currently living or working in New Jersey. In partnership with major museums around the state, one exhibition takes place each year, alternating between host institutions.
The Arts Annual series is sponsored by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a partner agency of the National Endowment of the Arts.
This exhibition opens to the public at the Newark Museum of Art on June 17.