Photo Cred: Asad Badat & Sarah Hopp
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 20th International Open at Woman Made Gallery in Chicago, IL, Design Show at Block 37 in Chicago, IL, Between The Lines: Interpreting African Symbolism in Fabrics & Textiles at The Carr Center in Detroit, MI, and cover reveals at The Alice Gallery in Seattle, WA, 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 recipient of the inaugural YoungArts Daniel Arsham Fellowship, presented by the Ridinger-McLaughlin Family, SHENEQUA continues to reflect, create, and expand the process of weaving beyond the loom.
My family cultural background, and Ghanaian experience shapes my recent body of work. Digitally documenting women in my life working, cooking, cleaning, gossiping, and celebrating in domestic spaces are archived in my memory. I proceed to take those archived images and transform them into a pattern (on Photoshop) that is woven on the jacquard and floor loom.
Once the cloth is removed from the loom it is arranged and sewn into a sacred cloth. “Sacred” meaning a space or moment in time shared intimately and lovingly between the body and cloth. The archived memories are woven into a series of sacred cloths that are performed on the body in relation to the sound of me weaving. The transformed memories symbolize the courage, power, pain, strength, and love taken from the relationships built between me and the women in my life.
" You can never be great at anything unless you love it"- Maya Angelou.