Richmond-based textile artist Sonya Clark will bring her exhibition “Black and White and Thread All Over” to the Fine Art Gallery at George Mason University from Jan. 21 – Feb. 21, 2014. Clark will present a public lecture about the exhibition on Feb. 4 at 1:30 p.m. in the gallery, which is located in the Art and Design Building on Mason’s Fairfax Campus. This exhibition and lecture is in conjunction with and supported by the African and African American Studies program at George Mason University in celebration of Black History Month.

Clark explores issues of identity, race and culture through her use of textiles, blurring the boundary between art and craft. By using seemingly simple materials such as hair and combs, she weaves through the complex levels of meaning each object evokes. Pieces in “Black and White and Thread All Over” include work from her comb, hands, and hair series, as well as “White Noise,” a series made of white paper that has been folded in a systematic manner so that when unfolded, intricate patterns are created by light and shadow.

Born in Washington, D.C. and currently residing in Richmond, Va., Sonya Clark is the chair of the Department of Craft/Material Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University. She received her B.A. from Amherst College, B.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and M.F.A. from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan. Her work has been exhibited in more than 250 museums and galleries in Europe, Africa, Asia, South America, Australia and throughout the United States. Clark is the recipient of many prestigious awards and residencies, including a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Award, a Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship, and, most recently, a United States Artist Fellowship.