Diedrick Brackens

  • Born 1989 in Mexia, USA.
  • Based in Los Angeles, USA.

Diedrick Brackens is best known for his woven tapestries that explore allegory and narrative through the artistʼs autobiography, broader themes of African American and queer identity, as well as American history. Brackens employs techniques from West African weaving, quilting from the American South and European tapestry-making to create both abstract and figurative works. Often depicting moments of male tenderness, Brackens culls from African and African American literature, poetry and folklore as source. Beginning his process through the hand-dyeing of cotton, a material he deliberately uses in acknowledgement of its brutal history, Brackensʼ oeuvre presents rich, nuanced visions of African American life and identity, while also alluding to the complicated histories of labor and migration. Brackens utilizes both commercial dyes and atypical pigments such as wine, tea and bleach to create his vibrant, intricately-woven tapestries that investigate historical gaps, interlacing the present with his singular magical realist worldview.

Brackens has had a number of solo and group exhibitions, including Diedrick Brackens: Ark of Bulrushes, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (2021; USA) and Diedrick Brackens: darling divined, New Museum (2019; New York, USA).

  • summer somewhere (for Danez), 2020 Private collection, New York, NY.
  • © Diedrick Brackens. Courtesy of the artist, Jack Shainman Gallery, New York and Various Small Fires, Los Angeles.