SchoolArt + Design
M.F.A. Sculpture + Expanded Practice
Quinn A Hunter was born in Charlotte, North Carolina and received her BFA From the University of North Carolina at Greensboro She is looking at the way Black women negotiate between the self and the world. Between the crisis and the authentic. Through acts of self exhibition she is interrupting the view on the body and asking questions about the prescribed performances of femininity to the black body in divulging their limited imposed meanings. They reveal the persistent futility of Black female body reacting within the culturally allowed space and the subtle absurdity of it all.
The erasing of labor renders bodies, the spaces they work in, and the work itself invisible. This erasure of labor is amplified in the labor done by women of color, in particular, the labor done by African American women in contemporary and historic domestic spaces. Quinn Hunter looks at the way this erasure of historic labor is connected to the contemporary and how it affects space around us. Through the use of hair tools and hair weave as material, she is connecting the historic Black female body to spaces that they have been contemporarily erased from. Her objects reference the space of the antebellum plantation house, and the objects of luxury that could be purchased because of the wealth that was amassed through the erased slave labor and those bodies. Through the labor of creating the objects and using artificial hair integrations, a material that is distinctly related and connected to the contemporary Black female body, she shows how interwoven the erased labor of African American women is to the antebellum period and the wealth amassed during. She is interrupting the countless stories and tales that have formed the myth that has been built to uphold the dream-like memory of the Antebellum south. Through re-inscribing the erased labor of historic African American women and allowing their work to be remembered through her own contemporary labor. In making, she remembers, and through her remembering, we all remember. Her work can be found at www.quinnahunter.com