hand-stitched silk collage 47.64 x 24.41 in. / Right: Detail of “Self-Care Sunday” (2020)
Elegant and Eloquent? Enter Billie Zangewa
Lehman Maupin presents:
“Wings of Change”
Through November 7, 2020
There’s something comforting in the remarkable collages of Johannesburg-based artist Billie Zangewa. Hand-stitched and composed entirely of silk, these seven intricate narratives invite intimacy not only for their subject matter but for their command of craft. Evidence of the human hand is everywhere.
“Wings of Change” is Billie’s first exhibition with Lehman Maupin and her first in New York. The show reflects her time working in isolation during the pandemic.
“Zangewa creates figurative compositions that explore contemporary intersectional identity in an attempt to challenge the historical stereotype, objectification, and exploitation of the black female form. “Wings of Change” will feature new work that examines Zangewa’s personal experiences during the recent months of global lockdown, especially those of love, loss, and emotional transformation.”
– Statement, Lehman Maupin
The use of fabric imbues texture while its sheen reflects light. Her particular strength lies in describing facets of physiognomy as she cuts individual pieces of silk to describe her son’s facade. Weightless, “Heart of the Home” (2020) adheres to the gallery wall via pins.
“The act of stitching…is incredibly powerful in a way that’s not obvious and the first time I came away into this awareness was when I was a little girl; my mother’s sewing group would come to my house and would sew there and I saw how these women went into such a peaceful quiet place after sewing…”