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Soft Shonda, Winter 2021

“Life is short. People are not easy to know. They're not easy to know, so if you don't tell them how you feel, you're not going to get anywhere, I feel.”
- Nina Simone

Soft Shonda, an original felted artwork. Soft Shonda is an iteration #3 in an ongoing series that represents a woman in depths of depression. Despite its warm happy colors that are reminiscent of spring and summer, Shonda depicts a woman in her saddest moments during the winter. Nothing in the piece from its flowery elements to the striped overalls indicate sadness which is the point.

28x36" Hand felted wool painting. Framed in an oversized mat and natural wood frame.

Niki Dionne is an illustrator and fiber artist based in Dallas TX. Through her work, Niki explores how the ‘perceived self’ of black women influences their ‘presenting self’ and shapes their identity. In her work, you will find the techniques including: Oil pastel, felting, knitting, and tufting.