“Provenance is my newest print series that features a liminal figure maneuvering through space with a house structure worn as a mask / headdress. The house structure is a replication of my maternal family home in Grenada, West Indies that dates back to the turn of the 19th century. By manipulating the surface of the polyester prints using mixed media techniques of collage and embroidery I explore concepts of past and present-day colonialism, and notions of provenance as it relates to origin, authorship and ownership. Provenance also features a series of mixed media wall hangings that investigate the subject of currency as a synthesis of physical and sensorial transmission of energy. Using repetitious lines to emit an actual measurable energy and force that is normally associated with the intangible or unseen but is instinctual and universal. My interest and use of gold functions as a visualization of radiation and divination.” - Shervone Neckles
ABOUT THE ARTISTSShervone Neckles is an interdisciplinary artist, educator, and community worker. Neckles draws inspiration from the duality and transitional nature of her Afro-Grenadain American identity. Her work embraces collage, alternative printmaking techniques, book arts, sculpture and social investigations. She has participated in residencies as diverse as the Youlou Arts Foundation in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, WI; Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, FL; The Elizabeth Foundation's SHIFT Program, NY; The Center for Book Arts, NY; The Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, ME among many other residency programs. Her work has been shown worldwide in both group and solo exhibitions and will be featured in the 2019 Venice Biennale's Grenada Pavilion. Her practice also includes curatorial projects; Amplify Action: Sustainability through the Arts with Pratt Center for Community Development and Bedford-Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation in Brooklyn, NY; and From Taboo to Icon: Africanist Turnabout at the Ice Box Galley in Philadelphia, PA. Neckles’ has earned an MA from Teacher’s College, Columbia University, MFA from Queens College and BFA from The College of New Rochelle.