With the generous support of the Qatar Foundation, The Painting and Printmaking Department is proud to showcase the VCUQatar Fellowship and the work of this year fellow Nastassja E. Swift. Each year the program selects two artists at varying stages of their careers to become artists in residence at VCUQatar.
Alluding to feelings of doubt and anxiety, I Keep Repeating it Over and Over in My Head features work that illustrates both the reaction to experiencing racism and, subsequently, the desire to construct the right identity in order to achieve acceptance. Consisting of needle-felted faces and woven hair, the exhibition combines conventional and unconventional uses of fiber processes and materials. Nastassja fuses memories from her childhood with fictional responses that depict provocative self-portraits and narratives.
This group of work is an accumulation of the conceptual development and research during her residency in Qatar.