Brown Paper Bag, Beneath the Surface Wallpaper and Our Soldier Boys Series

September 9, 2008 - November 1, 2008
Central Library, 2nd floor Balcony Cases
Brown Paper Bag, Beneath the Surface Wallpaper and Our Soldier Boys Series

by Sherone Neckles

I am constantly fantasizing about ways to play with aspects of "truth" and questioning and drafting ideas of how to intervene in our complex history in order to shape and map it.

This new body of work investigates the playful and painful exchange between the history of culturally-developed stereotypes and representations of the black image in popular culture. I attempt to identify how our present and future are shaped by the opposition of the events and stories we choose to accept and those we choose to deny. To do this, I blend surface with depth, past with present and real with the imaginary.

I use the techniques of doll making, quilt making, collaging, crocheting and printmaking, which were all influenced by my ancestors. This is my way of forming a connection, continuing a tradition, preserving the memories and inserting myself into history from a site of resistance.

BPL Exhibition, Shervone NecklesShervone Neckles is currently an art educator at The Joan Mitchell Foundation. She has held residencies in areas as diverse as the Youlou Arts Foundation in St. Vincent and the Grenadines in the West Indies, The Center for Book Arts in New York, and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine. Recent awards include a grant from The Joan Mitchell Foundation and the Cornelia Tomas Scholarship from Teachers College at Columbia University. Her work has been shown worldwide in both solo and group exhibitions. She earned a M.A. in art education at Teachers College at Columbia University, a M.F.A. in studio art at Queens College and a B.F.A. in studio art at The College of New Rochelle.

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