Simone Elizabeth Saunders makes her New York debut with her new solo exhibition Unearthing Unicorns. Simone joins the Studio Noize fam to talk about her fantastic textile work. She explains the process behind tufting (with a tufting gun and a punch needle), her techniques to build her narratives, and her Black Nouveau aesthetic. Simone walks us through a few of the wonderful pieces and speaks about her use of animals as metaphors. It’s another great art conversation with getting to know another powerful, international Black woman artist. Listen, subscribe, and share!
Episode 162 topics include:
Unearthing Unicorns March 17 - May 13 at Claire Oliver Gallery
working on large-scale textiles
the Unicorn Tapestries
art nouveau influences
tufting guns vs punch needles
working with textiles
the Black experience in Canada
sparkles in the art
using animals as metaphors
Simone Elizabeth Saunders (she/her) is a textile artist based in Mohkinstsis - Calgary, Canada.She holds a B.F.A. with Distinction from the Alberta University of Arts in 2020.Her textiles are hand tufted in the medium of rug-making using a punch-needle and tufting machine.
Saunders explores themes of the diaspora, ancestorship and Black womanhood. Her colourful textiles highlight motifs and iconography from her Jamaican heritage and engage with socio-cultural factors reclaiming power from oppressive ideologies. Currently,
Saunders is exploring the iconography of the famed high Renaissance era Unicorn Tapestries and Art Nouveau advertising through a contemporary Black feminist lens.
See more: www.simoneelizabethsaunders.com + Simone Elizabeth Saunders IG
Presented by: Black Art In America
Jamaal Barber: @JBarberStudio
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