NADA Presents “FAIR” || Week 2: God Is a Young Hot Ebony and She’s on The Internet w/ Qualeasha Wood (2020)


Digital and analog timelines merge at unexpected formal junctures.







Qualeasha Wood
See God in the Mirror [Pt.2], 2020
Digital transfer on jacquard, glass beads
71 x 54 inches || 180 x 138 centimeters


Qualeasha Wood
See God in the Mirror [Pt.2], 2020 (detail)
Digital transfer on jacquard, glass beads
71 x 54 inches || 180 x 138 centimeters



Qualeasha Wood comes of age in a cultural landscape wherein social media has moved black femme vernacular from the margins to the center of mainstream fashion and corporeal aesthetics. See God in the Mirror [Pt.2], (2020) belongs to a series of tapestries embedding  Medieval Catholic iconography in native digital composition strategies. Her work is striking because it suggests that Wood has chosen to skip the accompanying lament that might consume an artist a generation older than she, and instead use this new reality as prima materia on which to pivot towards something new. After all: getting paid is the new Black, right?




Qualeasha Wood
Love and Basketball, 2019
Jacquard weave, metal, glitter
54 x 71 inches || 138 x 180 centimeters



Qualeasha Wood
No Church in the Wild, 2019
Jacquard weave, glass beads
71 x 54 inches || 180 x 138 centimeters



Qualeasha Wood (b. 1996, Long Branch, NJ) holds a BFA in printmaking from the Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI. Her work spans sculptural, textile, and digital media and suggests realities around living in the black female body that do and might exist. Wood uses this range of materials to create intricate dialogues across time and novel perspectives on the subject. She has exhibited in group and solo exhibitions at Cooper Cole, Toronto, ON; New Image Art, Los Angeles, CA; Gluon Gallery, Milwaukee, WI; Rhode Island School of Design's  Woods Gerry Gallery, RISD Exposé Gallery, and Benson Hall Gallery, Providence, RI. Qualeasha Wood lives and works in Rhode Island, USA.







Qualeasha Wood
I’m Tired (of your bullshit), You Tired (of me complaining), (I) Jesus Wept, 2019
Jacquard weave, glass beads
54 x 71 inches || 138 x 180 centimeters