In the Making: Stephen Hamilton

October 27, 2023


In the Making

“My work can’t be separated from craft. Because every time I’m weaving, every time I’m carving, every time I’m dyeing things, it is an act of reclamation of ancestral art forms.”

On Thursday, October 26, 2023, we hosted a virtual event with artist and arts educator , in conversation with Ja’Hari Ortega JM ’24,In the Making Exhibitioncuratorial intern and NBSS Jewelry Making & Repair student.

Stephenis an artist and arts educator living and working in Boston, Massachusetts. Stephen’s work incorporates both Western and African techniques, blending figurative painting and drawing with resist dyeing, weaving, and woodcarving. Each image is a marriage between the aesthetic perspectives and artistry of both traditions.

They met at in Medford, Massachusetts, where Stephen recently completed his inaugural “Reclaiming Our Hands” summer program—a paid art program for youth of African descent ages 14-19 to learn histories and techniques related to traditional African textiles, and their relationships with histories of slavery in the Americas. Stephen and Ja’Hari discussed Stephen’s body of work and his inspirations.

“In the Making” is a public programs series where we connect with a range of new voices, fields, and perspectives. Learn more and view a full list of events on theseries homepage.

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