Beneath a Full Moon, a Therapeutic Ritual
In every installment of The Artists, T highlights a current or little-shown work by a Black artist, together with just a few phrases from that artist placing the work into context. This week, we’re a current piece by Diedrick Brackens, who is thought for his woven textiles, that are the topic of a solo exhibition on the Blanton Museum of Artwork in Austin, Texas, on view by way of Could 16, 2021.
Identify: Diedrick Brackens
Based mostly in: Los Angeles
Initially from: Mexia, Texas
When and the place did you make this work? This work was made in February, in my studio in L.A.
Are you able to describe what’s going on within the work? The weaving is a scene of an imagined ritual between three folks in a barren panorama, underneath a full moon.
What impressed you to make this work? It was impressed by the continuing AIDS epidemic. There’s a C.D.C. statistic from 2016 that reads, “If present H.I.V. diagnoses charges persist, about 1 in 2 Black males who’ve intercourse with males (M.S.M.) and 1 in 4 Latino M.S.M. in the US might be recognized with H.I.V. throughout their lifetime.” It was startling. I made a sequence of items impressed by the statistic. The work is a meditation on therapeutic, ritual and illness.
What’s the murals in any medium that modified your life? A woodcut by Alison Saar titled “Cotton Eater II” (2014).
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