Photographer: Sergio Mantilla
SHENEQUA is a Caribbean textile interdisciplinary artist who received her Masters of Design in Fashion, Body, & Garment at School of the Art Institute of Chicago under the mentorship of Nick Cave and Liat Stemad.
She has exhibited her works at The Space We Grow Into at Woman Made Gallery in Chicago, IL, Mane N’ Tail at The Luminary in St. Louis, MO, and 20th International Open at Woman Made Gallery in Chicago, IL,to name a few.
A Featured Artist for Ties that Bind in American Craft Magazine and in the Kansas City Star she spoke about her process of weaving synthetic-hair in relationship to the African- American Hair Experience. 2014’s Windgate Fellow of the Center for Craft Creativity & Design. 2017-2018’s inaugural recipient of the YoungArts Daniel Arsham Fellowship, presented by the Ridinger-McLaughlin Family and the National YoungArts Foundation, SHENEQUA continues to reflect, create, and expand the foundation of weaving beyond the loom.
A black Caribbean textile interdisciplinary artist, my family cultural background, conversations with others, and Ghanaian experience influences my art practice. The craft weaving is the birth of my art pieces and from their, it takes on a life of its own from a hair weaving, sculpture, performance, “garment”, sound piece, or an installation.
I am making a new body of work that questions the use of materiality in relation to craft. Weaving synthetic-hair tells a story about an experience shared with people in my life I love, care, and hold dear to me. Braiding, Bantu knotting, and plaiting mimic the hairstyles I grew up seeing. I celebrate the idea of sisterhood, womanhood, a sacred space, intimacy, identity, and beauty to name a few.
" You can never be great at anything unless you love it"- Maya Angelou.