Between Starshine and Clay (2022) marks the first solo museum exhibition for artist Kiyan Williams (b. 1991, Newark, New Jersey) and is an installation that takes its name from an phrase in writer and educator Lucille Clifton’s 1993 poem "won’t you celebrate with me." Williams, who collects earth from familial sites and spaces that hold Black American histories, creates sculptural forms that slowly reveal traces and gestures of the body. Using dirt, sandstone, and other materials such as kanekalon hair, bricks, and wax to mold faces, limbs, and hands, Williams meditates on the notion of the “ruined” body and its potential to transcend and generate new genealogies.
In conjunction with the exhibition Hammer Projects: Kiyan Williams (2022)