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Stephanie J. Woods
North Carolina

Artist Statement Submitted 2020

Through the use of textiles, photography, video, and community-engaged projects, my multi-media works utilize symbolic imagery and materials that reference black american culture and the southern experience. I explore these concepts through the use of material languages, such as hair weave, satin bonnets, afro hair, and sweet tea. My photography and video work often capture portraits of women wearing handmade objects that simultaneously reference erasure and the preservation of cultural heritage. Generally, my photographs are transferred onto satin fabric and upholstered inside of pre-existing utilitarian objects or handmade made structures that I build, giving the work a sculptural feel. However, my community-engaged textile installations invite participants to interact and become a part of the process through the use of collaborative outreach, multi-sensory engagement, and language.

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