Shervone Neckles ~ New York

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Shervone Neckles is a Caribbean-American raised in Brooklyn, New York to Grenadian parents. As an interdisciplinary artist, Neckles’ work embraces collage, alternative printmaking techniques, book arts, and sculpture.

Shervone Neckles: "My work strives to identify how the events we allow to happen and the stories we choose to tell about them, versus those we choose to deny, forge our present reality and determine our future.”
   
Give and Take
By Shervone Neckles
New York: Shervone Neckles, 2015. Edition of 10.

Box: 11.25 x 15 x 1" drop spine clamshell box. Covered in Asahi cloth. Interior lid and base covered in Canapetta cloth. 8 x 10" polymer plate print with embroidery mounted in the base of the box. Contrasting red cloth title label inset on cover.

Prints: 11 x 15"; printed letterpress on Fabriano Artistico white papers with polymer plates. Images enhanced with silk embroidery thread woven into the print surface. Each print signed and numbered.

Shervone Neckles: "The concept and title of the Give and Take Project derives from a rare tree species native to Central America. The tree contains both a powerful toxin and its own antidote. The artist book is a creative expedition on the complex cycles of nature and the ineffable spirit of the black woman' body.

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The Give and Take Tree represents the Great Mother, whose roots heal, nurtures, brings forth wealth, fertility, and prosperity.

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The Give and Take series is part of my personal ethnographic study on the implications of language and image to negotiate the social meaning of beauty, identity, and cultural authenticity within black womanhood."

Shervone Neckles: "The botanical name for the Give and Take tree is Chrysophila argental, which I was introduced to during my 2009 visit to Belize. I stayed in a compound nestled in the jungle of Chan Chich Creek. During my visit I participated in a series archeological and herbalist walks to learn the medicinal practices of the Mayan people.

"It was through those daily walks that I discovered this rare tree species named by the Belizean locals as the Give and Take tree. I became fascinated with the idea that the source of our healing/nurturing can also be the source of our pain/suffering."

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Out of print titles by Shervone Neckles  
   
The Give and Take Tree
By Shervone Neckles
New York: Shervone Neckles, 2013. Edition of 4.

8 x 9.5" closed schoolhouse-shaped book. Mixed medium using embroidery thread and suede adhesive. Signed by the artist.

Shervone Neckles: "The structure borrows from early schoolhouse architecture and the concept of a schoolhouse being the social center of the community.

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The Give and Take Tree represents the Great Mother, whose roots heal, nurtures, brings forth wealth, fertility, and prosperity.

"The concept and title of this new project series derives from a rare tree species native to Central America - known for containing both a powerful toxin and its own antidote.

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The Give and Take Tree series is part of my personal ethnographic study on the implications of language and image to negotiate the social meaning of beauty, identity, and cultural authenticity within black womanhood."
(SOLD)

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Home/Work/Bound
By Shervone Neckles
New York: Shervone Neckles, 2007. One-of-a-Kind.

7 x 4.5 x 6" house structure. Mixed media. Collaged digital prints.

Shervone Neckles: "The Brown Paper Bag House structure combines stories of personal identity, family history, spiritual and physical journeys with my nostalgia for Grenada. In 1988 my family home and majority of our personal papers and family documentation were completely destroyed by a fire. The only thing that remained was the foundation, which we used to rebuild.

"Embedded into the foundation of the
Home/Work/Bound structure are layers of primary documents that date back to the 1700s from French Plantation owners residing in Grenada."
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Sendall Street
By Shervone Neckles
New York: Shervone Neckles, 2007. One-of-a-Kind.

4 boxes, each 9 x 3 x 1.5", each containing a book with pages attached to an accordion spine. Images: collaged digital prints.

Shervone Neckles: "A collection of 4 accordion books in containers. Assembled together the containers form the structure of my family home in Grenada.

"I am constantly fantasizing about ways to play with aspects of 'truth' and questioning and drafting ideas of how to intervene in our complex history in order to shape and map it.

"This body of work investigates the playful and painful exchange between the history of culturally-developed stereotypes and representations of the black image in popular culture. I attempt to identify how our present and future are shaped by the opposition of the events and stories we choose to accept and those we choose to deny. To do this, I blend surface with depth, past with present, and real with the imaginary.

"I use the techniques of doll making, quilt making, collaging, crocheting, and printmaking, which were all influenced by my ancestors. This is my way of forming a connection, continuing a tradition, preserving the memories and inserting myself into history from a site of resistance."

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