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Memories of blackness: wonderful figurative wool sculptures by Nastassja Swift

Exploring the memories, narratives, and aesthetics of blackness, multi-disciplinary artist Nastassja Swift creates fascinating fiber sculptures, made of needle-felted wool, as an ode to the West African culture, religiosity, and worldview.

I am a sculptural fiber artist, redefining my use of portraiture through wool to create soft sculptures that speak to spirituality, history and place in relation to the body. Inspired by West African masks and Yoruba ritual practices, my work explores the ways in which identity is defined and disrupted. Re-interpreting who can be worshipped, challenging archived history and questioning language around racialized bodies, these felted faces exist repetitively as vessels of stories and ancestral presence as a way of narrating Black stories, experiences and memories.

Nastassja Swift

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