Dan Mask Series 1 Fiber Art, 22 x 22 in., 2015, $1200
Inspired by the Dan wood mask of the Ivory Coast and the metal mask of Ife Nigeria. Materials used to give dimension and texture are hand dyed cotton fabric, hand made clay, fabric, and commercial beads, metal objects, cowrie shells, thread embellishment and fabric manipulation
About The Artist
Artist Statement Culturally and historically mask and headdresses of the African people are used ceremonially. As an African American, I used the mask decoratively because of the disconnect caused by the Diaspora of Africans to the Americas. I work intuitively to give dimension and texture to my pieces. I embellish them with extra fibers, textile pens, markers, paints, crayons, buttons, hand- made beads and found items. I love bright colors against a dark back-ground, the use of several patterns running into each other, and the use of combining strips of irregular and unequal widths stitched together to complete the overall pattern set. Layers are held together with colorful stitching by hand, free motioned stitches and free form embroidery.
Bio I am a mixed media artist and my style is contemporary. My skill is textiles specifically in the area of fiber art. When I discovered the art of quilting in 2000, all of my creative experiences came together. These creative experiences are from my degree in Studio Art, Art History and mixed media. I love mixing a variety of medium along with the process of developing an idea in my head and working it out in cloth. I look at my studio time as a process of discovery and a time to stay focused and disciplined on my work.