December 3, 2018, by Lucy Rees.
The New Haven artist masterfully blends paint with sewn scraps of found materials, cut-up pieces of her unfinished works, and sections of patterned fabric from her mother’s textile trove in Harlem, where Self grew up. Since she first wowed audiences at the Parasol Unit in London in 2016, Self has signed with Pilar Corrias gallery, London, and staged an ambitious show based on the bodega and its changing role in the community at the Yuz Museum in Shanghai.
Citing activist artists like Ana Mendieta and Faith Ringgold as her inspirations, Self tells Galerie, “I use materials in an unconventional way to subvert the status quo. You don’t have to use paint to make a painting. It aligns with my overall message, which is one of change.” She recently graced the cover of the Paris fashion magazine Officiel and had an exhibition at the Studio Museum’s Artist-in-Residence program. Her solo presentation “Bodega Run” is on view at Thierry Goldberg in the Nova section.