Following an exhibition of Squirewell’s work at FACTION’s Harlem space, the FACTION team bring him to London for a display of his multilayered colleges which through elements of mythology, sacred geometry and science tackle themes of race and memory.
Squirewell’s newest works are heavily influenced by a recent revelation of his paternal ancestry. This has prompted questions for him about how he inhabits the world, particularly on the western hemisphere, and speaks to his battle with the omnipresent slavery narrative. Through portraiture he re-writes history with a more empowering narrative for black identity. The portraits have a16th, 17th and 18th century aesthetic with a contemporary awareness. Each artwork is complete only after he ceremoniously burns the hand carved frames which include motifs and markings from ancient indigenous American and African cultures.