Drawing upon divination practices from chess strategy, archetypal mythologies, and African diasporic traditions, Angela Hennessy’s As I Live and Breathe is compelled by the impulse to look up at the stars; to read the skies for origin and orientation.
The exhibition title is a statement of testimony from the position of a material witness while simultaneously invoking the body of the witness—living and breathing, therefore a challenge to notions of assumed neutrality.
Through her use of material and activation of space, Angela Hennessy offers us a new prism to examine our relationship to death and life, the celestial and the mundane, and all that exists in between. We are asked, “How does our understanding of mortality, specifically as Black, Indigenous, people of color, shape the way we move through the world? What does it mean to practice both surrender and agency?”
About Angela Hennessy
Angela Hennessy is an Oakland based artist and founder of See Black Womxn. She is an Associate Professor at California College of the Arts where teaches courses on visual and cultural narratives of death and textile theory. Through writing, studio work, and performance, her practice questions assumptions about Death and the Dead themselves. She uses a spectrum of color and other phenomena of light to expose mythologies of identity. Ephemeral and celestial forms constructed with every day gestures of domestic labor—washing, wrapping, stitching, weaving, brushing, and braiding.