Provenance 4

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Polyester print with embroidered thread surface and glass beads


15" x11" (print), 18" x 14" (framed)




Provenance is my newest print and textile series that features my liminal figure rendered in silhouette with my ancestral home positioned as the head. This 19th century house structure is a replication of my maternal family home in Grenada, West Indies. The house having survived both man-made and natural disasters explores the lineage of resilience and preservation, while the figure illustrates the reclamation of one’s land, home, and self. By manipulating the surface of the polyester prints using mixed media techniques of collage, beading, and embroidery I explore concepts of past and present-day colonialism, and notions of provenance as it relates to origin, authorship, and ownership. This special edition print and textile series is a personal examination into notions of selfhood. Contemplating both the interior and exterior spaces of my black womanhood. What does it mean to embody a place or have the ability to locate oneself in a space? How do I create imagery that is not based on mimicry or in relation to others but rather iconography that moves my black female body beyond servitude, violence, trauma, and exploitation to one that exudes my beauty, and complexity?

Photo by Yao Zu Lu

About this Artist

Shervone Neckles

Shervone Neckles is an interdisciplinary artist, educator, and community worker. Neckles’ draws inspiration from the duality and transitional nature of her Afro-Grenadian, American identity. Her work embraces collage, alternative printmaking techniques, book arts, sculpture and social investigations. She has participated in residencies as diverse as the Youlou Arts Foundation in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, WI; Wave Hill, NY; Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, FL; The Elizabeth Foundation’s SHIFT Program, NY; The Center for Book Arts, NY; The Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, ME among many other residency programs. Previous awards include grants from The Pollock-Krasner Foundation, Queens Council on the Arts, Foundation of Contemporary Art, Puffin Foundation, Joan Mitchell Foundation, and fellowships from Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop and Manhattan Graphic Center. Her award-winning work has been shown worldwide in both group and solo exhibitions and featured in the 2019 Venice Biennale’s Grenada Pavilion. Her practice also includes curatorial projects; Amplify…
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