May's Work In Progress Resident




Photo credit: Talisman Brolin



LJ Roberts is an artist who creates large-scale textile installations, incredibly detailed embroideries, screen prints, artist books, and collages. Their work has been exhibited at venues such as the Smithsonian Museum of American Art, The 8th Floor, The Brooklyn Museum, The Victoria and Albert Museum, Museum of Arts and Design, The 8th Floor, Vox Populi, The Museum of the City of New York, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, and The Bag Factory in Johannesburg, South Africa. They have been awarded residencies at the MacDowell Colony, Ox Bow School of Art, and ACRE. In fall of 2018 LJ will be in residence at The International Artist Studio Program in Sweden (IASPIS). In 2015 they were one of nine artists who received the White House Champions of Change Award for LGBTQI Artists. LJ teaches at Parsons School of Design and is a Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts Studio Program Member.




Photo credits: Jenna Bascom


'My current practice remixes various textile methods with facets of queer and trans identity and culture making. With flexibility, adaptability, and resourcefulness as a foundation, I use tools and techniques such as toy knitting machines, single-strand hand embroidery, a sock making machine, quilting, and appliqué. I find that issues of marginality I encounter as a gender non-conforming non-binary person often mirror the positioning of textile and craft within visual culture. These mutually reflective margins provide a site for radical possibility and transformation through materiality. My love of problem solving enables consistent and often unexpected outcomes in ways I do not always anticipate, but enthusiastically welcome.'




Photo credit: Talisman Brolin




You can visit LJa's installation for Work In Progress from April 2 - 30, at TAC Manhattan studio, and learn more about their work and process during Artist Open Hours, on Saturdays 2-5PM.