“My material is human hair from people of the African Diaspora. Our hair is so connected to our culture, politics, and history! It is history and DNA. The process of working with hair has allowed me to utilize my community as an integral part of my studio practice. Local barbershops and people’s homes have become my art store.”
“I imagine myself as an Urban Shaman exploring both my familiar visible world and the hidden dimensions of other realms that lurk beneath the surface of daily life.”
“Beauty is what has always captured the viewer’s attention and allows them to spend time with my work. Once involved, it is easier for them to read the content held just below the surface.”
Discover the Amazing Quilts of Bisa Butler
Bisa Butler’s spectacular textile portraits are a revelation, seducing the eye with colors and patterns while commenting wryly on episodes from twentieth-century black life.
— Luke A. Fidler
Lauren Fensterstock creates elaborate sculptures and installations in the material of ladies’ accomplishments. These historically devalued female crafts- such as paper quilling and shellwork- are often dismissed as mere decorations of domestic life. By freeing these traditions from the culture of the parlor, She is able to explore their capacity to speak on the complexities of the world beyond the domestic sphere.
Her research focuses on the history of nature– specifically, the garden and the grotto. Through these lenses, She explores the often-paradoxical ways man has understood his place in the world; and as a result, how these vantage points influence the ways we reshape the world around us. At a time when human activity has developed into a devastating global force, it is critical that we question the cultural and philosophical precedents shaping our understanding of the planet.