PLACE MAT (2016-present) is a fiber art series where reclaimed materials or natural fabrics are marked with drawing, painting, doodling, and hand-sewing. Paper, recycled cardboard, and wood are also used. My process is slow and relaxed, often spending time picking through scraps, scribbling, bunching and twisting fabric, or doodling with needle and thread. The process represents how I pass my time alone: recouping, regrouping, and otherwise expressing emotion.
PLACE refers to the self and the personal identity I hold from my present circumstance in suburban America.
MAT refers to the foundation of that identity which is my African-American heritage and the foundation of American society which can be wasteful and messy.
A typical place mat is a cloth that marks your seat at the table and, in this vein, I am marking my place in the world via personal artistic expression. Mats and cloths used in the Kwanzaa tradition are placed over a table to hold the items which build up the holiday. With this notion, my fiber art has the potential for function and purpose.
Tarrant County Community College Library, Fort Worth, TX
12 Freedoms Gained Juneteenth Exhibition 2018
Second Place winner in Fiber Arts Category
Zosima Gallery, Arlington, TX
Vexillology Exhibition June-August 2018
THIS IS HOW IT STARTS
An extension of the PLACE MAT series in the form of a soft-page book series featuring text and abstract artwork bound in a recycled leather cover. It provides a literal chronology of my life experiences related to the arts, academia, and human relationships with themes of ‘bad’ feminism and racial tension running throughout. Cloth pages are printed with emails, letters, social media posts, articles, and reports that document my frustration, elation, sadness, or hopefulness in pursuit of life goals. These spellbooks of sorts are private journals that chart an unconventional journey.