April Bey

(Made in Space)

Americanah (Ferengi Feminism)

Americanah (Ferengi Feminism), Oil paint, Ghanaian/Chinese Hitarget Wax fabric, handsewn into wood panel with epoxy resin, 30×24, 2017 – SOLD

Awkward Black Girl (Kendrick Lamar Hard on a Bitch)

Awkward Black Girl (Kendrick Lamar Hard on a Bitch), Oil paint, Ghanaian/Chinese Hitarget Wax fabric, handsewn into wood panel with epoxy resin, 30×24, 2017 – SOLD

Bumper-Queer (Queen Fluid)

Bumper-Queer (Queen Fluid), Chinese (Senegalese) Wax Fabric, hand sewing with Made in China thread and needles, colored pencil, glitter, 48×36, 2018 – SOLD

By the Grace of the Grand Nagus

By the Grace of the Grand Nagus, Ghanaian Hitarget Chinese fabric sewn into resin on panel, acrylic paint, 36×24, 2018 – SOLD

DEBT (Nina Simone, No Fear)

DEBT (Nina Simone, No Fear), Mixed media drawing, epoxy resin, hand sewn black satin, 30×40, 2018 – SOLD

I AM TAP (TAP Nation, Borg Style)

I AM TAP (TAP Nation, Borg Style), Oil paint, Ghanaian/Chinese Hitarget Wax fabric, handsewn into wood panel with epoxy resin, 30×24, 2017 – SOLD

I See What You Do (The Emissary)

I See What You Do (The Emissary), Chinese (Senegalese) Wax Fabric, hand sewing with Made in China thread and needles, colored pencil, glitter, 48×36, 2018 – SOLD

Issa Look

Issa Look, Drawing ink, Chinese Hitarget (Benin) wax fabric, glitter on canvas print, 48×30, 2018 – SOLD

Jollof Magazine Dolezalism

Jollof Magazine Dolezalism Issue, CMYK Hand Image Transfer and Glitter, 16×12, 2018

Jollof Magazine WhYte Tears Issue

Jollof Magazine WhYte Tears Issue, CMYK Hand Image Transfer and Glitter, 16×12, 2018

My Little 15 Minutes Lasting Long As Hell, HAAH? (Petty Magazine)

My Little 15 Minutes Lasting Long As Hell, HAAH? (Petty Magazine), CMYK Hand Image Transfer and Glitter, 16×12, 2018

Phuck Your Protocol (Chewing Gum)

Phuck Your Protocol (Chewing Gum), Oil paint, Ghanaian/Chinese Hitarget Wax fabric, handsewn into wood panel with epoxy resin, 30×24, 2017 – SOLD

She Bows Her Head But Only as a Means to Impale Her Enemies with Her Crown

She Bows Her Head But Only As A Means To Impale Her Enemies With Her Crown, Chinese (Ghana) Wax Fabric, hand sewing with Made in China thread and needles, colored pencil, glitter, beads from Asante region, Kumasi, Ghana, ribbon, 48×24, 2018 – SOLD

The Emissary

The Emissary, Oil paint, Ghanaian/Chinese Hitarget Wax fabric, handsewn into wood panel with epoxy resin, 36×24, 2018 – SOLD

With My Ears to the Streets and My Eyes to the Sky, I'm on Another Planet My Nagus and You Just Fly

With My Ears to the Streets and My Eyes to the Sky, I’m on Another Planet My Nagus and You Just Fly, Chinese (Ghana) Wax Fabric, hand sewing with Made in China thread and needles, colored pencil, glitter, beads from Asante region, Kumasi, Ghana, jewelry chain, 48×26, 2018

(Works added to Made In Space)

And I’m Afraid ‘Cause I Have No Fear, Chinese (Benin) Wax Fabric, hand sewing with Made in China thread and needles, glitter, on stretched canvas, 30×24, 2018

It’s Deep How You Can Be So Shallow, Chinese (Benin) Wax Fabric, hand sewing with Made in China thread and needles, glitter, on stretched canvas, 30×24, 2018

We Arrived, Then Smoked A Cigarette Afterwards (No Fear), 2018

We Arrived, Then Smoked A Cigarette Afterwards (No Fear), Chinese (Ghana) Wax Fabric, hand sewing with Made in China thread and needles, glitter, jewelry chain, 48×36, 2018

Welcome to Alantica (Baldwinism)

Welcome to Alantica (Baldwinism), Chinese (Ghana) Wax Fabric, hand sewing with Made in China thread and needles, glitter, jewelry chain, 48×36, 2018

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What is Dead Shall Never Die, Chinese (Benin) wax fabric, metallic paint, hand-sewing with Made in China thread, needles, jewelry chain, glitter & grommets, 96×48, 2018

Artist Statement

Made in Space is the brand or label we see on clothing and space helmets used by gender fluid universe travelers focused on anti-colonizing adventures.

Made in Space includes works from the AfroFuturist Womanism series, which explores female afrofuturistic millennial entrepreneurialism via social media and the Internet. Blerdy in nature, juxtapositions of Star Trek and hip-hop culture also manifest in this series. Looking to the future acts as a therapeutic excretory practice in dealing with current day issues around race and discrimination globally.

West African knock-off Chinese wax fabric is hand sewn as text to connect black celebrity women with equally real women selling the fabric in the markets up and down the West African coast (Senegal, Nigeria, Benin, Togo and Ghana)—AfroFuturist memes.

This work is a focus but is part of a generalized exploration of the actual resilience of women as they navigate through high-impact experiences of the body, psyche and demands of womanhood. There’s an ironic hypocrisy in the expectations of women and specifically black women to be sovereign and robust while at the same time inept and emotionally weak/unpredictable when leadership roles are sought.

Material matters and process is essential—the process in all of the work directly emulates the labor women execute on a daily basis to persist—it is uniquely and defiantly “feminine” executed in aggressively “masculine” ways.

There is sewing but into wood and resin. Each hole is hand drilled. Rule-based, all materials that intersect with the Hitarget wax fabric are MADE IN CHINA referencing Chinese neocolonialism currently rearing its head in parts of West Africa and The Caribbean. The needles, thread, fabric, needle threaders are all low-quality products MADE IN CHINA but that market to a target audience of souls living in poverty.

Made in Space occupies the space often taken and exploited offering up fictitious worlds where labels are non-existent and we are allowed to float within our self-defined identities—smoking cigarettes in 0 gravity.

 

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