Flesh that Weeps and Laughs | 36" x 14" | 2018
"This piece captures dialogue between a young woman and her ancestors. It is called Flesh that Weeps and Laughs.
I’ve been interested in bloodlines and what we inherit physically and emotionally from our ancestors. I used reds, oranges and pinks, as they felt most reflective of the human body - intestines, blood and flesh. I like to believe that many generations can remain in conversation with each other even after some of us are dead. It’s a constant back-and-forth about music, work, men, politics, women, housework, friendships, partnerships, and what it means to be independent."
"I work in the medium of weaving, and view this piece, and many others, as portraits. I’m looking at portraiture as something that is not distinct features - noses, ears and skin. These portraits are not defined or tied to those distinct features. They're moments within an ongoing conversation.
The warp and weft are loose, each time the piece moves location it changes shapes and reveals new compositions. The negative area represents navigating all the spaces we must pass through in order to support ourselves. It is about managing the emotions of others, while still holding space for our own sadness, joy, and anger." - Avery Williamson
Avery Williamson is an Ann Arbor, Michigan based artist. Her work explore show gaps in visual, oral and written documentation can inform the storytelling process. These works take the form of weavings, drawings and painting.
Avery earned her B.A. in Visual and Environmental Studies from Harvard College in 2013.