Sonya Clark's Potent Material

Sonya Clark's Potent Material

Published on Friday, October 14, 2011.

Black Hair Flag, 52 x 26 in.

Black hair has long been a thread in the work of Sonya Clark, as an astute statement of material and cultural otherness. In her latest body of work, hair is both medium and message. Clark applies her material of choice to historically loaded artifacts, in a wrenching intertwining. Hair has a corporeal presence that deepens the impact of the work. As curator Namita Gupta Wiggers says in discussing Black Hair Flag (2010), Clark "deliberately places the ‘body' of black slaves into the history of the Confederacy."

Clark's work is the subject of a solo show now at Snyderman Gallery in Philadelphia through Nov. 19. The show continues at the Southwest School of Art in San Antonio, Texas, on Dec. 8 and continues there until Feb. 12, 2012.

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