Description: This sculpture is a 22" fabric and foam head with a black Gye Nyame African fabric base. The head is decorated with cowrie shells and charm chakra beads, which are arranged in a circular pattern around the face. The shells are also used to create a crown-like shape around the head. The fabric has been painted with gold acrylic paint to give it a weathered look.
Title: The title of the work, "She has no fear," is a reference to the Gyne Nyame African fabric, which means "Except God." The artist is using this fabric to represent the strength and power of women. The cowrie shells and beads also have symbolic meaning, as they are often used to represent fertility, prosperity, and protection.
Artist Statement: This sculpture is part of a series of fabric and foam heads that I am creating that explore the themes of race, gender, and identity. I am interested in using these heads to represent the different facets of my own identity as a black woman. I am also interested in exploring the ways in which African textiles and symbols can be used to represent strength, power, and beauty.
Artist Bio: JUNNY®️ is a multi-hyphenate artist who works in textiles, fiber, and writing. She is known for her fabric and foam heads, which she uses to explore themes of race, gender, and identity. Her work often incorporates repurposed textiles from her work as a fashion designer, as well as materials such as cowrie shells, beading, and foam heads. JUNNY also writes poems and other written works that accompany her art, inviting her audience to journey with her through her exploration of various art forms, textile repurposing, and race, community, culture, and identity.