(L to R): Unraveling, 2015–ongoing, cotton Confederate battle flag, 70 x 36 x 7 in.; and Unraveled, 2015, unraveled cotton Confederate battle flag, 14 x 30 x 7 in.

Deep Wisdom and Collective Fortitude: A Conversation with Sonya Clark

Sonya Clark uses everyday materials to address “identity politics, collective fortitude, and social justice.” Returning repeatedly to the same basic materials, including copper pennies, hair, combs, and sugar, she brings value to quotidian objects through her investigations while asking viewers to consider the embedded histories surrounding an object and its reception. Her most recent work, Unraveling, is an art object and performance that she began conducting with the help of the public in 2015. In the performance, Clark invites participants to help her unravel a Confederate flag. While some have regarded Unraveling as timely, Clark believes that with this work, as throughout her career, she continues an ongoing political struggle to, as she describes it, assert an “identity outside the established hegemony.” …see the entire article in the print version of April’s Sculpture magazine.

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