That’s the point of the “Object As . . .” project, for which six artists were chosen by six curators selected by the American Craft Council. The artists (and the curators who chose them) are Morel Doucet (Sanjit Sethi), James Maurelle (Jennifer-Navva Milliken), Leandro Gómez Quintero (Stuart Ashman), Bukola Koiki (Malene Barnett), Ebitenyefa Baralaye (Andrew Blauvelt), and Alex Anderson (Suzanne Isken).
Supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, the artists created works that speak—subtly, directly, intimately, publicly—about issues that matter to them. The works testify to the diversity of makers and practices and to the ongoing impact of craft on our lives.
Via the links below, you’ll see photos of the objects the artists created, along with stories from the artists about how those objects came into being and what they mean to their makers. We have also shared what the curators have written about the artworks. Starting mid April, American Craft Podcast episodes featuring interviews with the artists—in which they talk more about the process of making these objects—will be posted on these pages every other week. Let the conversations begin.
The Hills We Die On (Flowers for President Jovenel Moïse) | Morel Doucet
Artist: Morel Doucet
Curator: Sanjit Sethi
MAROON(ED) | James Maurelle
Artist: James Maurelle
Curator: Jennifer-Navva Milliken
Transportarte a Baracoa | Leandro Gómez Quintero
Artist: Leandro Gómez Quintero
Curator: Stuart Ashman
The Pull | Bukola Koiki
Artist: Bukola Koiki
Curator: Malene Barnett
All My Relation: I | Ebitenyefa Baralaye
Artist: Ebitenyefa Baralaye
Curator: Andrew Satake Blauvelt
Burn It All Away | Alex Anderson
Artist: Alex Anderson
Curator: Suzanne Isken
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