Portico Gallery Presents Imani W. Russell Stitched Alchemy, A Solo Exhibition Intersecting Blackness and Material Resilience Curated by John Paradiso

By Editorial Team on February 1, 2021
Imani W. Russell, Gullah Grace, 2021, Over dyed antique quilt with deconstructed/dyed cotton quilt pieces, Hand stitched.
One View: February 1 – May 22, 2021

Imani W. Russell is a self-taught fiber artist who counts her mother and maternal grandmother as major influences in her studio practice. Both created hand-stitched utilitarian quilts and clothing from found fabrics and unusual objects. Other influences include her fascination with Indigo, a character in Ntozake Shange’s novel “ Sassafrass, Cypress, and Indigo”. This fictional story was Russell’s introduction to the Gullah culture and continues to influence her artwork. Indigo remains Imani’s muse. Russell has traveled to Beauford, South Carolina, and the Georgia sea islands to explore Gullah history and experience the beauty of its people and the region.

The Gullah are a distinctive group of African Americans originally rooted in the southeastern United States during the 18th century. They were weavers and indigo dyers and many customs are still employed albeit in small measure. The Gullah culture is a national treasure.

Russell takes these influences coupled with her own life experiences to create a vibrant exhibition of textured fiber art creations that include decorative art dolls, textile wall collages, and hand-stitched mixed media fabric quilts.

Gallery Hours: 

  • Saturday 12-3 pm
  • and by appointment 202-487-8458

Portico Gallery is located at 3807 Rhode Island Ave., Brentwood MD.