Diedrick Brackens

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American textile artist

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According to Wikipedia, Diedrick Brackens is an American artist and weaver. Brackens is well known for his woven tapestries that explore African American and queer identity. Biography Brackens spent his early years moving between Army bases whilst his father served in the military. He received his BFA from the University of North Texas in 2011. It was here that he was first introduced to the discipline of weaving. He then pursued an MFA degree at the California College of the Arts in 2014. Under the teachings of textile artist Josh Faught, his work on the exploration of queer identity inspired Brackens to explore his own themes of African and American history, as well as his own identity as a gay black man living in the southern United States. He was a professor and head of the fiber program at California State University, Long Beach from 2015-2019.

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