The Queen's Artillery
Sandy Clafford is a New York based interdisciplinary visual artist of Afro Latin descent. She creates work under the moniker, The Queen’s Artillery, which characterizes the regal and empowered elements of her personality through her creations. She executes an array of arsenals modern to traditional, merging practices ranging from illustrations, photography, and mixed medium assemblage. Sandy's use of defiance as a point of exploration permits more understanding of the complexities of being an Afro Latin-American/Black woman. She creates against constraints by challenging the structures that femininity and Blackness are confined.The message of her work speaks to the rebellion influenced by her upbringing and in Brooklyn, that comes from wanting to see Black people represented in a way that defies the system that presents that presents them as minor or insignificant. Her artistic influences are Kehinde Wiley, Mickalene Thomas, and Rashaad Newsome. Her series, What That Mouth Do, expresses the multiplicity of Black women while confronting the common sexual innuendo. Her latest work, The Predecessors is the prelude to her new series, and an adaptation of the original playing card. Clafford is reimagining the classical era by inserting Black bodies to include representation in the 21st century. Producing a historical framework for the the most marginalized group of people and taking back the narrative.
Clafford’s work has been exhibited in various shows around New York namely, New York Liberty's 6th Annual Unity Day Game (2022), What’s Your Black (2022), The 2nd and 3rd Annual Future is Female (2019, and 2021), Celebration of Black Culture Through Art (2020), The Art of Sisterhood (2019), and notably Miami’s Art Basel’s Annual Satellite Art Exhibition (2019.) Among her many commissions, her most recent is with The Steve Nash Foundation (2021), and prominent is from major brand Grey Goose (2021).
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