This and That: Amy Cutler and Deyjah Stewart

by Jessica Fuentes April 17, 2023

“This and That” is an occasional series of paired observations. See past “This and That” posts here. – Ed.

Today: Braids as connections

An photograph of a mixed-media interactive installation by Amy Cutler with four fabric stools set around a mound of hair braids that extend up to the ceiling and then out across the gallery like a spider web.

Amy Cutler (in collaboration with Emily Wells and Adriana Papaleo), “Fossa,” 2015-2016, mixed media installation with sound, dimensions variable. Linda Pace Foundation Collection. On view at Ruby City, 2023.


An installation photograph of a large-scale mixed media work by Deyjah Stewart, depicting the back of three female figures on separate canvases, connected by synthetic braids that come off each canvas.

Deyjah Stewart, “Untitled (Braids),” 2022, synthetic hair, acrylic, thread, yarn, wood, chicken wire, weavings, artificial daisies, and twigs on hand-sewn muslin and canvas scraps. On view at Kinfolk House, 2023.



No matter how original, innovative or crazy your idea, someone else is also working on that idea. Furthermore, they are using notation very similar to yours. – Bruce J. MacLennan

Disclosure: I am the Executive Director of Kinfolk House, where Deyjah Stewart’s piece is being presented.

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