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In my art, I utilize patterned fabric, domestic objects, and portraits to achieve my desired results. My body of 3D and 2D artwork focuses on domestic spaces and the physical sensation of fabric surfaces (clothes, sofas, curtains, stuffed animals etc.)
I often find inspiration when I look through my family’s photographs from the 1960s and 70s. My great grandmother was a seamstress, and encouraged all of her female descendants to make their own pillows, quilts, and even wedding dresses instead of purchasing them. Also, the 1960s and 70s were an incredibly important time for Black America. The visual culture of this era has always been interesting to me; many of the archetypes (wide pants, big afros, brightly colored carpets) are kitschy for some and nostalgic for others. Two of my favorite artists include Mickalene Thomas and Nick Cave. Both of these artists utilize fabric, the Black American experience, and nostalgic themes in their art.
Chris Lavery; T. Michael Martin
Anna and Ricky
11” x 8”
17” x 14” each
Fabric, photo transfer paper, found object
3 ft x 3 ft
Working and Waiting
5” x 8”
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Groves, Jasmine, "BA/BS Practicum Group Exhibit" (2021). B.A./B.S. Practicum Group Exhibit (ART 499). 49.