Photo Cred: Asad Badat & Sarah Hopp
Shenequa Alexandria Brooks was born in Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas (the U.S Virgin Islands) and raised in Miami, Florida. Brooks received her Bachelors of Fine Art in Fibers at Kansas City Art Institute in Kansas City, Missouri. Currently, she is pursuing her Masters of Design in Fashion, Body, & Garment at School of the Art Institute of Chicago in Chicago, Illinois under the mentorship of Nick Cave and Liat Stemad.
Brooks has exhibited her work in various group shows such as Government Cheese: Poverty, Addiction, & Violence, Fresh: KCAI Alumni, and cover reveals in Seattle, Washington to name a few. A Featured Artist for Ties that Bind in American Craft Magazine, she talks about topics on sisterhood, the use of braiding synthetic hair, and weaving sculptural objects that are mounted on the wall.
Brooks has been featured in the Kansas City Star speaking about her work in relationship to the African American Hair Experience. The Center for Craft Creativity & Design awarded Brooks the prestigious Windgate Fellowship. This fellowship provided her travel funding to Anloga, Ghana (in West Africa) where she learned how traditional Ghanaian textiles were woven.
The being of one uniqueness takes a special person to tie together. A Black-Caribbean woman, my culture is multi-layered from the dialect we speak to the stylish clothes on our backs. My family’s lineage is the foundation I walk on.
Currently, I am making a body of work celebrating the hardships of my Caribbean family’s dynamic in relation to the black woman I have grown to be thus far in our society.
" You can never be great at anything unless you love it"- Maya Angelou.