Visiting artist tells history through fabric art, mythology
Visiting artist tells history through fabric art, mythology

While these are issues that we’ve dealt
with for a long time, I think mythology and interior design and fabric are not
necessarily the way we’ve always talked about them, right? So when you think about
office and when you think about people who’ve made huge leaps for us as human
beings and humanity they said things that people had heard about before But they said it in a way that they had never heard it before. So Shanequa began working with fabric and she wanted to understand the background of fabric and
I think was really interested when she found out that Augusta had a long
history with fabric Through my painting I’m telling stories, but I can use fabric to do that. I can use plates to do that. The interior is something we’re all very
familiar with. It’s something that we sit with every day, but we don’t necessarily
sit with it under the guise of a social issue. If you had gone down Broad Street
back in the 1880s and 90s at shift change And by the way they worked six
days a week, 11 and a half hours a day You would have seen women and children and
men coming out covered head-to-toe in white lint For African Americans
especially, the cotton culture going back into the antebellum period was certainly
one of the major parts of their history So how do I bring that into the home? How do I bring that into your fabric into what you wear every day, right? We don’t
wear our issues or at least we think we don’t. So what if we were more overt
in kind of pushing those boundary levels. She has done a very intricate
job of interweaving the history aspect of it into this idea of everyday life as well as into this idea of using a new medium
by which to tell this story I have over the past five or six years used mythology
to talk about social issues and so when I look at what happens with those of us
in african-american community or those of us on the margins, a lot of times the
stories that you hear about us sound like myth Initially dear probably came
an obsession only because it’s an animal figure that is often hunted and preyed
upon in the American society I felt like that was a good way to be very didactic
with my audience. Since I’ve kind of dealt shifted away from that and to see
it as this kind of caricature this figure that could be anybody or anyplace
globally that it doesn’t have to just portray African Americans even though
that’s what it is for me. There are social issues that happen globally that
a lot of people deal with

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