2021 Cotton Jacquard weave, glass beads 213.4 x 157.5 x 1.3 cm / 84 x 62 x 1/2 in
© Qualeasha Wood, courtesy the artist and Gallery Kendra Jayne Patrick; overview photo: Qualeasha Wood; detail photo: Keith Lubow.
Qualeasha Wood’s (b. 1996 Long Branch NJ; Lives and works in Brooklyn NY) is a textile artist whose work contemplates realities around Black female embodiment that do and might exist. Inspired by a familial relationship to textiles, queer craft, Microsoft Paint, and internet avatars, Wood’s tufted and tapestry pieces mesh traditional craft and contemporary technological materials.
Together, Wood navigates both an Internet environment saturated in Black Femme figures and culture, and a political and economic environment that holds that embodiment at the margins. Like the vast majority of her peers, Wood has operated one mortal and multiple digital avatars since pre-adolescence. Her intuitive combinations of analog and cybernetic compositional processes make for a plainly contemporary exploration of Black American Femme ontology.