ANDRE WOOLERY - Patterns of Beauty Naomi
This piece is part of the Patterns of Beauty collection that focuses on the beauty of Black women and models re-imagined as pixels. This portrait of Grace Jones is an evolution in creating portraits with the medium of pushpins for the artist. Instead of an array of colors, the artist used a single color pushpin coupled with a mathematical approach to deconstruct the light within a portrait. The image becomes clear through varying patterns of pushpins that results in a partially exposed canvas.
Why did you choose this subject? I have early memories of Grace Jones as a Black woman that was captivating in so many ways. Her face has defined features that feel so Afrocentric while still remaining a blank canvases that could deliver multifaceted beauty.
Insider Information. This was the first piece created in the Patterns of Beauty series. I wanted to move into another way of executing pushpin artwork that no one could replicate. This piece was 100% an experimentation that was successful. It has been featured in a nationally broadcast commercial, AfroPunk Music festival, and a variety of exhibits throughout New York city.