Laurel Richardson

2024 Aim Fellow

Artist Statement

My work journeys through thoughts and stories of the past, present, and future. I am charting my family lineage, collective histories, and cultural memory of the African Diaspora while also questioning the visibility, value, and historical representations of bodies of color, particularly Black women.  I do this while reflecting on ideas of emergence, power, and resilience.  Through painting, installation, and elements of performance, I produce an interwoven surface of ideas and histories. Using dye, acrylic washes, and oil paint, my work loosely references African American quilting, inspired by my ancestors and West African textiles including the Ghanaian process of batik.  Through material explorations of hybridity and direct community engagement, the work creates a portal between disparate spaces and speculative futures; where belonging and not belonging must learn to find their way.

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