Stacy Arman is a multidisciplinary fiber artist who lives and works in Boston, Massachusetts. Her work consists of weavings, headpieces and sculptures. Her headpieces include handmade wooden beads as well as metal, glass and plastic. Stacy’s sculptures involve the molding and casting of clay and hair which she styles herself. Her sculptures have been cast in plaster and in iron. These sculptures are representations of protective styles, otherwise known as styles used by those of African descent to protect their natural hair texture. Her work focuses on exploring and celebrating Black hair and hairstyles as well as continuing open discussions about discrimination faced by women of color around specific hairstyles and textures. The need for these discussions is based on many conversations with family, friends, and strangers who have lived these experiences in work, school, and professional settings. She intends to have her work installed as public art that will unify marginalized communities as well as those outside of these communities.
Stacy received her BFA in Fibers from Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Her work has been exhibited in galleries at Massachusetts College of Art and Design as well as the office of the college president, the Harriet Tubman House, South End Boston, Artblock in Jamaica Plain, MA and Boston City Hall. Stacy’s work has been included in press releases by The Boston Sun and High Profile.
My work focuses on protective hairstyles from cultural, historical and societal perspectives. Protective styles include, but are not limited to, wraps, weaves, single braids (or singles), dreadlocks (or dreads), bantu knots, twisties, and cornrows (or braids). I started to create examples of protective styles to showcase the celebration of hair from people of the African diaspora (African American, Afro-Latinx, Afro-Caribbean and Pan-African). Protective styles essentially protect one’s natural hair texture. They offer an alternative to straightening one’s hair, which is typically achieved by the use of harmful chemicals. On the other hand, coily hair can produce tangles that can take hours to unravel and uncomb, but with a protective style, a person does not have to spend the time to do this work. Additionally, these styles, when intricately designed, prepare a person for an important life event. To create my work, I style hair from a mannequin head and then cast a mold of a section from the hair. I also add texture to clay or form clay into hair strands and braid them, then I make the molds. These pieces are then cast into another material like metal or plaster. My work has been influenced and inspired by Shani Crowe, Simone Leigh, Endia Beal, Joanne Petit-Frère and Sonya Clark.
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Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Bachelor of Fine Arts, 2019
2019 Fay Chandler Emerging Artists Exhibition, City Hall, Boston, MA
2019 LUX, Student Life Gallery, Massachusetts College of Art and Design
2019 All School Show, Doran Gallery, Massachusetts College of Art and Design
2019 The Theresa Show: Fiber Arts Exhibit & Silent Auction, Harriet Tubman Gallery, Boston, MA
2018 Culture Shock 2.0, Massachusetts College of Art and Design
2018 Third Annual MassArt Student Scholarship Event, AFK Group LLC, Boston, MA
2018 All School Show, North Crackatorium, Massachusetts College of Art and Design
2018 The Theresa Show: Fiber Arts Exhibit & Silent Auction, Harriet Tubman Gallery, Boston, MA
2017 Materialism, ArtBlock, Boston, MA
2017 All School Show, Presidents Gallery, Massachusetts College of Art and Design
2019, Theresa-India Young Ethnic Weaving Scholarship, Theresa India Young Foundation
2018, AFK Group Scholarship Award, AFK Group LLC