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Diedrick Brackens Weaves New Chapter In African American Art

By Katherine Davis-Young
Published: Tuesday, April 20, 2021 - 12:23pm
Updated: Wednesday, April 21, 2021 - 9:18am

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Diedrick Brackens making basket boats
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Diedrick Brackens making basket boats.

Diedrick Brackens is a Los Angeles-based artist whose new show, "ark of bulrushes," is now up at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art.

His works include large-scale weavings depicting stark silhouettes against geometric patterns. He is also premiering his first-ever woven sculptures.

Brackens pulls inspiration from the historical art and crafts of African Americans, reaching back to the Freedom Quilts used during the Underground Railroad. Combining traditional motifs with modern experiences, Brackens creates a new chapter in African American art. 

The Show spoke with Brackens about his work.

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