About The Artist
Kehayr Brown-Ransaw • Minneapolis, MN
Fiber and Textiles - Homegoods • CUSTOM COMMISSIONS
My practice as a fiber artist and printmaker, in and of itself, is an attempt to redress narrow populations encouraged to participate in craft work. As with many other and many aspects of being a non-white artist, I am almost entirely self-instructed. I often find myself qualifying the work I am looking for with Black in order to receive something that is assumed to be "broadly" associated with Black liberation or created centuries before my contemporary interests. I have had my work reduced to simply African American and Black art; while this label isn't necessarily incorrect or offensive, I find it interesting and frustrating that myself and other BIPOC and Queer artists struggle to locate their work or identities within the broader context of American and Fiber Art.
Q&A with the Artist
Tell us how your work is made.
My practice is primarily researched based, through which I collect and attempt to synthesize my own or a larger history in order to begin conversations with the people around me. When I'm working pieces about my family, they are developed visually through conversations with my family members. With the work I am largely responding to the unspoken parts of the conversation�long pauses, emotions, fidgeting/uncomfortableness, and new discovery.