In conversation with Dr Sequoia Barnes and Zoë Zo, Zoë Tumika, Zoë Guthrie

We're delighted to share the recording of Art Late 2 in conversation with Committee Member Khadea Kuchenmeister, Dr Sequoia Barnes and Zoë Zo, Zoë Tumika, Zoë Guthrie.

Featuring a new ceramic sculpture commissioned this year as part of our new online project Embodied Knowledge, and our selected reading material in Palm House at Johnstone Terrace Wildlife Garden.

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Zoë Zo, Zoë Tumika & Zoë Guthrie is an artist from and based in Glasgow. They think, imagine and make with conversation; patterns; clay; gut listening; lettering; pens (no pencil) and feeling. Slowly chewing on pasts.

Often feeling the present as hot and burning.

Alongside making, Zoë has a producing practice and is currently working with Mele Broomes on the development of Body Remedy, a Black-led organisation centring radical self-care. They were also on the committee of Transmission Gallery, an artist-led space in Glasgow, from 2019 to 2021.

Sequoia Barnes’ is a textile/mixed media artist and design scholar whose work is predominately centered around making processes, rituals, and modes of fashioning. Trained in semiotics, she deploys research through praxis often in her scholarly and artistic explorations of black diasporic symbolisms, storytelling as performance, and positioning the creative process as a performance/ritual.

Her scholarly work currently explores the design techniques and aesthetic semiotics of late fashion designer, Patrick Kelly. Her most recent artistic works include her artist responses to Senga Nengudi (Fruitmarket Gallery) and Nick Cave (Tramway) with performative works entitled Sew Me A Quilt. Tell You A Story. (2019) and The Burden I Bear Is Heavy (2019), respectively, as well as her most recent work Gateway (2021) comissioned by the Edinburgh Art Festival.

Barnes received her PhD in Design from Edinburgh College of Art at the University of Edinburgh. She also holds a MA in History of Design and Material Culture from the University of Brighton, a MS in Fashion Studies with certification in museum studies from the University of Delaware, and a BA in Studio Art (ceramic sculpture) with a minor in professional writing from Spring Hill College.