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Shades of Blue



For my first blog, I wanted to present the thoughts behind the most challenging piece of art work I've ever made: Shades of Blue.


Fibers often serves as a backdrop or accompanying piece for ceramic ware, dinner-ware and placemats or cloth napkins comes to mind. I wanted to see what would happen when the two combined. In my art criticism class I’ve been studying contemporary black artists. Recently I’ve read bell hook’s “An Aesthetic of Blackness: Strange and Oppositional”. By “learning to see”, Hooks explains: “I want to reiterate the message that, ‘we must learn to see’. Seeing here is meant metaphysically as heightened awareness and understanding, the intensification of one’s capacity to experience reality through the realm of senses”. She speaks about seeing a unique beauty in “ordinary” spaces. How that quality is not strictly accessible to just White or educated people. There is a whole realm of aesthetic appreciation that Black people have, even if there is not the jargon or academia that assimilates onto the scale that White institutions have created. With my sculpture I wanted to create motifs of my family members and myself. I embroidered family photos and stitched them into fabric. I created a ceramic form with poked holes and painted it white and blue homaging Delftware, a style of pottery that originated in the Netherlands but has spread universally and is considered ornate and precious. I hand sewed my fabric creation onto the pottery, combining the two. My hand sewn narrative decorates the vessel I’ve created much like illustrated Grecian urns, delftware, or fine china. It displays what I hold tender as an ornate and precious thing. With this piece, I wanted to explore an aesthetic that as hook’s said, is strange and oppositional.

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