SHENEQUA: Meh Familay – The Beginning
@ Ignition project space
3839 W Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60651
Opening Saturday, June 4th, from 6PM - 9PM
On view through Saturday, June 25th
Ignition is back with our fifth season of solo projects by Illinois artists! The gallery will be open all day on 6/4 starting at 12pm.
Exhibition runs from 6/3 – 6/30 with gallery hours every Saturday from 12-5pm
Meh Familay – The Beginning
Meh Familay – The Beginning is a three to five year project in the making of my mom’s (St. Kitts & Nevis) and dad (St. Thomas, USVI & St. Martin) side of the family with a dash of extended family I inherited along the way. Moments are captured with me and my mom, dad,
grandmothers, sisters, brothers, nieces, cousins, aunts, uncle, and so on. This exhibit is a snapshot of where the work begins debuting my great-grandmother Gertrude (on my mother’s side)
and grandmother Violette (on my father’s side). These one of kind image-based works capture a moment in time in sacred spaces with family that are “painted” with fabrics, embroidered with
yarn, adorned with beads, and rejoices the joy I find in the process of working with my hands. An homage and celebration to my family.
SHENEQUA is an Artpreneur who received her Masters of Design in Fashion, Body, & Garment at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago under the mentorship of Nick Cave. Founder of Weave Your Dreams Into Reality Studios LLC, she shares her stories with the world one thread at a time. Her solo exhibition Wove is on view until May 22nd at 108 Contemporary in Tulsa, OK. She has exhibited her works in UNCONVENTIONAL: THE LEGACY OF JOSEPH BEUYS at Goethe Pop Up in Kansas City, MO, Deep, Far, Home at Epiphany Center for the Arts in Chicago, IL, Performing Labor at Patricia Sweetow Gallery in San Francisco, CA, and Mane N’ Tail at The Luminary in St. Louis, MO, to name a few. 2022 Center for Craft Career Advancement Fellow from the Center for Craft in Asheville, NC. A Featured Artist for Ties that Bind in American Craft Magazine and in the Kansas City Star she spoke about her process of weaving synthetic-
hair in relationship to the African- American Hair Experience. Notable lectures include the Museum of the African Diaspora in San Francisco, the Surface Design Association, and the
Arlington Heights Memorial Library. She was 2014’s Windgate Fellow of the Center for Craft and 2017-2018’s recipient of the inaugural YoungArts Daniel Arsham Fellowship, presented by
the Ridinger-McLaughlin Family.
Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education (CAPE)
Convergence is an annual exhibition of student arts-integrated projects created in CAPE’s Artist/Researcher Partners Program. The exhibition is a collection in four locations of artworks by K-12 students from 40 classrooms across Chicago Public Schools. Teachers and teaching artists begin the year formulating inquiry questions that form the investigative arc for their curriculum. These questions set in motion student engagement through art-making to explore and expand academic content learning. By creating original artworks,
students make connections between academic learning and the environment outside the classroom.
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