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Shenequa Alexandria Brooks was raised in Miami, Florida, where she graduated Suma Cum Lade from New World School of the Arts High School. She received her Bachelors of Fine Art with a major in Fibers at Kansas City Art Institute. Currently, she is a resident at Charlotte Street Studio Residency Program in Kansas City, Missouri.
Brooks has exhibited her work in various group shows at KCAI’s Fiber Department Gallery, including Blind Trajectory, Progress and Prosperity, and the department’s biannual group exhibitions. Winner of the Susan Lordi Marker award in May of 2013, Brooks is a determined, intelligent, strong black women who utilizes synthetic and human hair in braiding and weaving headdresses, head-wraps, wall pieces and garments. She is interested in how it bonds women in her family together.
Brooks has been featured in the Kansas City Star speaking about her work in relationship to the African American Hair Experience. The Center for Craft Creativity & Design awarded Brooks the prestigious Windgate Fellowship. This fellowship provided her travel funding to Anloga, Ghana in West Africa where she learned how traditional Ghanaian textiles were woven for three months. Brooks is looking forward to attending Bronner Bros. International Hair Show and Madame CJ Walker Museum in Atlanta, Georgia in February 2015 to research contemporary hair-styles for African-American women.
Brooks writes: “As an artist, I am fascinated with unifying the African-American hair culture, textiles of Ghana, and African patterns within my work. I am currently creating a body of work using synthetic hair as a way to communicate how intimate, powerful, celebratory, and socially pleasing getting one’s hair done can be.”