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Terciopelo Installation, 2014-16
Terciopelo Installation, 2014-16
Mixed Media: velvet, embroidered thread surface with fabric trimming and embedded loose herbs
variable dimensions

Terciopelo is a creation myth that centers on the black female protagonist whose perspective the viewer follows from childhood to maturity, and is a narrative descendent of the Jab Jab, a Grenadian folkloric tradition and display racial pride. The Jab Jab performance references the emancipation of slaves in the Caribbean. I connect this historical act of resistance and rebellion to my own coping strategy in response to contemporary instances of violence against the black body.