Diedrick Brackens: 2018
Brandford/Elliott Award for Excellence in Fiber Art Recipient

 

Work Submitted for the 2018 Brandford/Elliott Award

in the decadence of silence, 2018
72" x 72"
Hand woven cotton and acrylic yarn, procion dye.

Diedrick Brackens - in the decadence of silence
Diedrick Brackens, in the decadence of silence, 2018.


in the decadence of silence (detail)
in the decadence of silence - detail.


in the decadence of silence (detail)
in the decadence of silence - detail.

 

“I have been thinking about water for some time now. As a weaver and an artist whose practice is materials-based, I have spent a long time searching for the right materials to imbue works with specific qualities. Some examples of this material centering include the use of tea, bleach, wine, mason's twine, cubic zirconia earrings, etc. The key ingredient in my woven work is cotton. I admire this material for its physical properties but I also employ it for its place within American history. I feel tasked to use cotton for all its beauty and the brutal story it has been a part of in this country. I have begun to think lately that if each element adds substance to the work, if a materials list can impart additional context, then what about the source of the water used to dye the yarns? Could water not be as important to a work as a title or a thread? A carrier of meaning.”

“It is my aim to travel throughout the country and collect water from sources relative to my investigations of water as they relate to the black experience. This water will be used in the production of woven and sculptural fiber works. Aesthetically, work will take cues from the environments of the bodies of water and American quilting patterns.”

 

blue under night, and wading still, 2017
78" x 31", 40" x 30"
Hand woven cotton and nylon yarn, procion dye, water from the Los Angeles river.

Diedrick Brackens - blue under night, and wading still
Diedrick Brackens, blue under night and wading still, 2017.


wading still
Diedrick Brackens, wading still.

 

in the valley, 2017
52" x 32"
Hand woven cotton and acrylic yarn, procion dye.

Diedrick Brackens - in the valley
Diedrick Brackens, in the valley, 2017.


 

the flame goes, 2017
62" x 32"
Hand woven cotton and acrylic yarn, procion dye.

Diedrick Brackens - the flame goes
Diedrick Brackens, the flame goes, 2017.


 

how to return, 2017
58" x 50"
Hand woven cotton and acrylic yarn, procion and indigo dye.

Diedrick Brackens - how to return
Diedrick Brackens, how to return, 2017.


 

all flow and caught up, 2018
39" x 40"
Hand woven cotton, procion dye.

Diedrick Brackens - all flow and caught up
Diedrick Brackens, all flow and caught up, 2018.


 

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