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Black Rock & Beyond: Working with Kehinde Wiley & Fibers From Around the World

What is it like to work with fibers in Senegal and the artist Kehinde Wiley at his residency Black Rock? Artist Heather Jones whose work questions and pushes traditional conceptions of both quilt making and painting talks about her experience being part of Kehinde Wiley’s inaugural class at Black Rock Senegal.

Heather’s work explores the formal possibilities of color and design. She addresses the historical and socio-political relationship between women and textiles and explores the relationship between gender, place, time, and culture in her work.

She is represented by Contemporary Art Matters, Columbus, Ohio; the George Gallery, Charleston, South Carolina; Imlay Gallery, Montclair, New Jersey; Moremen Gallery, Louisville, Kentucky; and Slate Contemporary, Oakland, California. She was selected as an artist-in-residence for Kehinde Wiley’s inaugural class at Black Rock Senegal.

Her work has been exhibited widely at national and international venues including the Taft Museum of Art, Cincinnati, OH (solo); Art on Paper, New York, NY; Aqua Art Miami, Miami, FL; Marta Hewett Gallery, Cincinnati, OH; Iowa Quilt Museum, Winterset, IA; New England Quilt Museum, Lowell, MA; Lyons Wier Gallery, New York, NY; the University of California, Berkley, CA; Boecker Contemporary, Heidelberg, Germany; drj- dr. julius | ap, Berlin, Germany; Five Walls, Melbourne, Australia; and M17 Contemporary Art Center, Kiev, Ukraine. Jones’ first book, Quilt Local: Finding Inspiration in the Everyday was released in October 2015 by STC Craft, an imprint of Abrams, New York.


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