Aqeel Malcolm is exploring intersectionality as it relates to the layers of his own identity as a Black, Queer, African-American, and Jamaican-American male. Craft is essential to his studio practice, especially working with fibers and weaving, as are ideas of intimacy and masculinity. A question that persists in his work is “what constitutes masculinity and how is it affecting the men of today?”
As a Van Lier Fellow at MAD, Malcolm will be working full-time in the Artist Studios for a period of four months. In the studios he is exploring two projects. The first includes collections of his body hair and the incorporation of his hair into weavings. This project is an investigation into the ways hair can be manipulated when it is detached from the body, and also an examination into the process of fabrication. His second project gives him an opportunity to examine his fascination with the sheerness and transparency of lace. Working on an AVL Compu-Dobby loom, Malcolm is exploring lace to create textiles using huck and leno weave structures.
Malcolm recently graduated with a BFA in Fiber with a concentration in Experimental Fashion from Maryland Institute College of Art with several awards to his credit. For more information please visit his website: www.aqeelmalcolm.com.
Funds for the Van Lier Fellowship are provided by The New York Community Trust Van Lier Fellowship Program. The fund provides support for talented, culturally diverse, economically challenged young people who are seriously dedicated to careers in the arts. The fellowship has allowed the Museum to respond to its desire to serve more culturally diverse populations and help emerging artists at critical junctures in their careers. READ MORE >