“Black Skins, Shibori Masks” by Najee Wilson

For In Support Of: US we invited Brooklyn-based multimedia artist and musician Najee Wilson / taupe Y beige to create an installation for our window. The site-specific installation uses a variety of materials to re-contextualize his piece “Black Skins, Shibori Mask.” Along with the installation Wilson hand-dyed the fabric of our fitting rooms using wet and dry dying techniques. “The textile is to evoke with color the intense energy of change on the horizon. Change that inspires you to grow to your highest self and forget all the things we tell ourselves to avoid change. An Explosion of intense color. Pallet Orange, Burnt Orange ,Yellow and Red. “ Read more from the artist about BS/SM below.

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INSTALLATION: “Black Skins, Shibori Masks” by Najee Wilson  

“Black Skins, Shibori Masks” takes an intimate approach to styling as a means of exploring symbols of black culture, the body, and sociopolitical factors through this sequential tableaux he poses larger questions about viewership, representation, desire, and power today. Through concealment, he leaves much to the viewer’s imagination, revealing both the complexity of images themselves and the significance of the preconceptions that we bring to them. “At the heart of all of my work,” says Wilson, “I want to leave people with something that is more human—despite the facade—and to open up feeling and empathy.”  

The masks were created by Wilson using a technique derived from shibori dying/resist dying and features hand embroidered details. The masks remove the wearer from the environment allowing the space to first confront themselves, before interacting with others while creating a paradox for the viewer. Taking a note from clothing which mainly covers the body , the masks obscure identity and encourages the viewer to develop a narrative for the wearer. 

The idea of authority, I’m allowing the viewer to interpret the object. The subject BS/SM is a photo essay about leaving behind ones Identity in pursuit of transformation and beauty. The idea of transformation is expressed in the manipulation of Fabric and textiles by way of shibori dying and embroidering techniques.  

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About the Artist
Najee Wilson (tres frais archive) is an Interior Designer and Multimedia artist whose practice includes Fabric manipulation Surface Treatments, Textiles, Installations , and Products objects inspired by the ephemeral beauty of the world. 

He received his BFA in Interior Design from The Savannah College of Art and Design in 2009. Wilsons Interior Design projects find focus on the creation of immersive spacial  experiences that have been exhibited in New York, Milan, and London. Wilson lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. 

Artist- Najee Wilson
Title-Black Skin/Shibori Mask Voile Figure
Series 1 Black Skin/Shibori Mask
Date- 2017
Medium- Digital Print on Silk Georgette, draped on Oak 1” Dowel with Pulley System Dimensions Vary
Dimensions- 40”w x 55”h artwork dimensions
BS/SM Book- Exhibition Catalogue 7”x7”

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