2014, as installed in i found god in myself, commissioned by Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture (currently on view)
burned out & dyed silk velvet, acrylic fingernails, nail polish, disco ball spinner, glue, lectern, trophy base, black male figurine candle
Purple Girl Swirl
In Purple Girl Swirl, a lectern is dressed with hand-dyed & devoréd velvet as a ‘disco ball’ made from acrylic fingernails. I choose velvet and acrylic fingernails because each is highly performative, can be either tacky or luxe depending on the wearer, and is highly tactile. Meditating on the emotional timbre of Shange’s lady in purple, I created drawings. I then used the devore method to burn and brush these images away from the velvet, leaving it more fragile. The scraping of the velvet nap complements the material and motion of the hanging nail ball. The velvet and nail sculptures adorn the oratory architecture of the lectern, which implies a speaker.