Graduate Alumni > Advanced Fiber Studio (Highlights)

Angel Heard (Spring 2017)
Angel Heard (Spring 2017)
"But is it? But Can I?"
Synthetic hair weave, Human hair weave, cotton thread, screen print ink

I explore matters of identity and the varying environments that shape identity. My recent works specifically expose social issues through the use of the Black female gaze connecting how these issues affect the human experience. I am exposing my journey of understanding Blackness, womanhood and Black womanhood, by analyzing Black culture. What does it mean to be Black? How do I understand and give awareness of the complexities of Black, Blackness and Black culture? What is Black as race, Black as a color, Black as morality?

These connections are made visible through color symbolism and by combining various materials such as textiles, clay, weavings, sculptures and paintings. Using historically loaded materials, such as hair and color allows me to convey complex messages with an abstracted image. My practice is heavily influenced by personal experiences, observations as well as textile structures, history, culture, pattern, color, and spirituality. The creative process is always a battle between the intuitive and the deliberate, which allows me analyze issues through multiple perspectives.