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Sonya Yong James

Artist Statement Submitted 2020

I am a multidisciplinary artist that works with thread and cloth as I love the references that they hold such as mending, repairing and connecting. This ubiquitous material is central to the human experience. Cloth is always touching us. I am intrigued by the idea of a single thread becoming warp and weft and forming something whole. My frequent use of wool felt is primordial. Felt is disorderly and full of trapped energy.

My current work speaks to my fascination and reverence for the natural world. I am most interested in narratives that speak to collectively shared mythologies and folk tales. These once familiar stories are then fragmented and conflated with another to form new clusters of meaning and association. Textiles are also the instruments of both female domestic culture and universal production. I seek to join together the points where these stories and systems overlap and where sources of sexuality, memory, and death construct meaningful relationships and dialogue.

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