Naomi Momoh, Dancing in a Field on Fire, 2019, 46 inches X 36 inches, Felt on Felt and thread
Dancing in a field on fire
In your mind
Sings louder than words
This piece came first from the short poem. Thoughts on the US political practice of color coding as well as the lack of institutional progress for Black people regardless of political affiliation. This piece speaks about the noise created by this split. It also uses the idea of music ‘call and response’ in a pictographic way. The idea of the population being used ‘like sheep’, to carry and act out political disputes. The stitching of both sides are the landscaping and texture that connect both sides of the piece. The Black sheep has to jump through hoops of fire while the white sheep’s contend with varying lengths of fences to jump over.
Naomi Momoh was born in Nigeria and is now based in Philadelphia. She is a sculpture artist with a focus on fiber art techniques and manipulations. She was introduced to crotchet at eight years old and was surrounded by bright textiles in Nigeria, which influenced her interest in fibers and fabric. Her work investigates the intersections between race and gender from the point of view of her childhood. Traumas experienced during her childhood, due to these chaotic intersections are expressed through – physical deconstruction of toys / poetic deconstruction of children’s literature / fabric printing / intuitive sewing. Attempts to rebuild these memories and reconcile with her present. These memories are soft scraps / jagged soft forms colliding/ incomplete text that represent this cycle.