New Art Highlights
13 - 19 June
New Art Highlights of the week includes: Stephen Anthony Davids, Naty Lopez-Holguin, Rhiannon Lowe and Dallas Collins.
I wear my hair Natural, 2020 - 2021 by Stephen Anthony Davids
Oil on found boat door.
42cm x 96cm
The door was sourced whilst on a trip to rural Sussex. I found it in a skip whilst out walking.
The painting is portrait of a girl looking surrean but proudly wearing her traditional hair. The painting is a le homage to black women and the celebration of natural hair and traditional hairstyles. A black woman is 80% more likely than a white woman to change her natural hair to meet social norms or expectations at work. Recent efforts to ban hair discrimination have amplified the struggle for women of colour and their natural hair, particularly in the workplace. Senator Cory Booker has proposed the first bill in history to ban hair discrimination at the federal level.
“Implicit and explicit biases against natural hair are deeply ingrained in workplace norms and society at large. This is a violation of our civil rights, and it happens every day for black people across the country,” said Senator Booker.
(Cache McClay, BBC News, Washington 13.12.2019)
Centred, 2021 by Naty Lopez-Holguin
Reclaimed face cream plastic lid and tumble-dryer fluff.
Performance: "Man, I can’t tell you how relieved I was when you took off your dress, you didn’t have a dick”, 2022 by Rhiannon Lowe
Performance as part of installation piece at Freelands exhibition Aggregate 2022.
Double Pole, 2021 by Dallas Collins
Bronze and brass screws.