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 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.
A black Caribbean interdisciplinary textile artist, my family’s cultural background, conversations with others, and Ghanaian experience influence my art practice. My art is born from the craft of weaving, and from there, takes on a life of its own through sculpture, performance, textile or “garment” pieces, and installations.
My new body of work questions the use of materiality in relation to craft. Weaving synthetic-hair tells a story about an experience shared with the women in my life that I love and hold dear to me. Braiding, Bantu knotting and plaiting represent the hairstyles I grew up with, and celebrate ideas of sisterhood, womanhood, sacred space, intimacy, identity and beauty.