Tina Williams Brewer—Cultivation: Journey of the Work

Tina Williams Brewer, Diaspora Series: Struggle, Friction, Rebirth, Sankofa, 2014. Two-color hand printed silkscreen on domestic cotton, printed rayon, silk, taffeta, African cutwork, transparent thread, machine quilted, 40 x 40 inches.

De Buck Gallery is pleased to announce Tina Williams Brewers’ newest solo exhibition, Cultivation: Journey of the Work, at the Westmoreland Museum of American Art. The exhibition, which is on view in the Robertshaw Gallery through April 24, 2022, celebrates the artist’s 40-year “journey of self-discovery and cultural heritage outside of history books.” Timed with the show, there will also be a Meet & Greet with Williams Brewer at the museum on February 26, 6-8pm.

From the Press Release:

Tina Williams Brewer is considered a storyteller, who uses quilting in layers of textiles, images, and embellishments to portray fiber-works rich with cultural history and symbolism. Her imagery not only describes her own journey and identity, but African American spirituality, history, and culture as well.

Tina Williams Brewer Westmoreland Show
Installation view of Tina Williams Brewer—Cultivation: Journey of the Work. Courtesy of the Westmoreland Museum of American Art.

Through my work I tell a story, carrying messages from ancestors. My work is a celebration of the profound joy of gathering with loved ones and the strength of spiritual connections. It is an expression of the deep pain of racism and the pathways forward, the resilience of African American families and the light that lifts them up. My intention is to give dignity to human suffering, finding rhythms that are both mind-stirring and soul-soothing.”

Williams Brewer ensures that her works are full of history and meaning down to the last detail. The materials used in her fiber works have significant cultural meaning, down to the hand-dyed fabrics from Nigeria and Morocco, to the mud-cloth and beading, to the Jamaican lace and netting. Much like a story, she layers her pieces one upon another to create an image laden with historical meaning and depth.

Tina Williams Brewer, Oar Up, or Down Series: Living Waters, 2021.
Tina Williams Brewer, Oar Up, or Down Series: Living Waters, 2021. Digital print on silk-georgette, silkscreen on muslin, digital print on silk organza, shibori, domestic cotton, Santeria vintage cotton fabric, iridescent tulle, french knots and sequins, mother of pearl shell buttons, clear filament and a variety of reflective and iridescent threads, 52 x 38 inches.

Williams Brewer’s pieces are primarily hand-quilted and collaged mixed-mediums including photo transfers, printmaking, and hand-beading. Each piece is embellished with symbols drawn from African nations and rich colorful fabrics with patterns that allude to both cultural meanings and personal history. Her process creates complex, layered compositions that function as maps investigating her heritage, the African diaspora, and the links between past, present, and future.

Tina Williams Brewer Westmoreland Museum Show 2022
Installation view of Tina Williams Brewer—Cultivation: Journey of the Work. Courtesy of the Westmoreland Museum of American Art.
Tina Williams Brewer Westmoreland Show
Installation view of Tina Williams Brewer—Cultivation: Journey of the Work. Courtesy of the Westmoreland Museum of American Art.
Tina Wiliams Brewer Westmoreland Show
Installation view of Tina Williams Brewer—Cultivation: Journey of the Work. Courtesy of the Westmoreland Museum of American Art.

Cultivation: Journey of the Work will be on view through April 24, 2022 at the Westmoreland Museum of American Art. For more information on Tina Williams Brewer and her available works, please contact us at colllect@debuckgallery.com.

Location

The Westmoreland Museum of American Art Greensburg, PA

Date

January 7, 2022 - April 24, 2022
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