Title of Abstract

Fears of a Black Woman

Submitting Student(s)

Shadae Tompkins

Session Title

Arts Expo

Faculty Sponsor (for work done with a non-Winthrop mentor)

Claudia O'Steen, M.F.A. & Shaun Cassidy, M.V.A.

College

College of Visual and Performing Arts

Department

Fine Arts

Abstract

Fears of A Black Woman is an exhibition that uses sculpture, installation, and screenprinting to address gender, race, politics, and class. Black people have always struggled to be recognized, respected, and protected in a world that is rigid and fractured. The system was never built to help those that are oppressed, but to hinder them further. My work brings light to the continuous fight for equality for Black men and women everywhere. From the time we are infants, our nervous systems program fear into us and make it instinctual. Fear can help protect us from danger, but it can also consume us if we allow it to. My fear is falling victim to a broken system. Knowing how many Black men and women have been mistreated and wronged in America, I feel it is necessary to create work that exposes the many injustices the Black community has fallen victim to. I am creating various pieces that relate to collective fears and my own personal struggles. Addressing the issues that I’ve faced as a young Black woman, allows me to begin working through inner turmoil, and begin to heal from negative experiences. My work emphasizes the need for change in a nation that has continued to dismiss the lives of Black individuals.

Start Date

15-4-2022 12:00 PM

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Apr 15th, 12:00 PM

Fears of a Black Woman

Fears of A Black Woman is an exhibition that uses sculpture, installation, and screenprinting to address gender, race, politics, and class. Black people have always struggled to be recognized, respected, and protected in a world that is rigid and fractured. The system was never built to help those that are oppressed, but to hinder them further. My work brings light to the continuous fight for equality for Black men and women everywhere. From the time we are infants, our nervous systems program fear into us and make it instinctual. Fear can help protect us from danger, but it can also consume us if we allow it to. My fear is falling victim to a broken system. Knowing how many Black men and women have been mistreated and wronged in America, I feel it is necessary to create work that exposes the many injustices the Black community has fallen victim to. I am creating various pieces that relate to collective fears and my own personal struggles. Addressing the issues that I’ve faced as a young Black woman, allows me to begin working through inner turmoil, and begin to heal from negative experiences. My work emphasizes the need for change in a nation that has continued to dismiss the lives of Black individuals.