Episode 7: Weaving Histories and Reclaiming Time with Avery Williamson
Avery Williamson is an artist and weaver who explores the history of black Americans, specifically women, in personal and institutional archives. Her work examines how gaps in visual, oral and written documentation can inform the storytelling process.
I first came across Avery’s work on Instagram a few months ago, and was captivated by the fluid use of color and texture in her weavings. I also love the titles that she gives her work: “Unexpectedly Balanced After Some Minor Negotiations.” “Unwilling to Merge Assets, Unbothered by Conventional Wisdom.” “The body/country you have vs. the body/country you want.”
In our conversation we discussed how Avery's parents encouraged and raised a family of artists, why she is drawn to finding and creating from untold family histories in archives, the way creating and weaving has taken on new meaning in her life as the climate of racism in the United States increases, and so much more.