TK Smith and Zipporah Camille Thompson Discuss Craft, Art, and “Looming Chaos”
TK Smith shared his remarkable talent for cultivating interpersonal connections through art during his Trust Talk on Monday, November 15. TK used his insightful perspective to discuss the exhibition, “Looming Chaos,” a solo show of 21 works by Zipporah Camille Thompson that he curated for the Zuckerman Museum of Art in Kennesaw, GA. Zipporah joined TK in a heartfelt discussion on her artistic practice and the resonance of craft traditions.
TK shared some of what he refers to as the “fantastical sculptural assemblages” that were made by Zipporah using various textile traditions like weaving, dyeing, and felting. Ultimately, each large assemblage is a totally unique adaptation that borrows from craft practices while remaining a totally unique artistic expression.
TK described Zipporah’s work as “evidence of cultural retention. Evidence of cultural continuity and functions and performs in the world in ways beyond the limits of western understanding of art.” Building on his analysis of Zipporah’s art, TK offered comparison and context with objects like a Nkisi Figure, a Boli, a Face Jug, and a Gris-Gris Bag.
To hear this engaging lecture check out the program recording on our YouTube channel:
TK is currently working toward his PhD in the American Civilization program at the University of Delaware. He continues to curate exhibitions and author art criticism. You can find more of his work here: https://linktr.ee/tksmith106.
Zipporah is continuing her artistic practice in Atlanta, and you can find more of her work here: https://www.zipporahcamille.com.
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