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Diedrick Brackens Weaves New Chapter In African American Art

Diedrick Brackens is a Los Angeles-based artist whose new show, "ark of bulrushes," is now up at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art.

His works include large-scale weavings depicting stark silhouettes against geometric patterns. He is also premiering his first-ever woven sculptures.

Brackens pulls inspiration from the historical art and crafts of African Americans, reaching back to the Freedom Quilts used during the Underground Railroad. Combining traditional motifs with modern experiences, Brackens creates a new chapter in African American art. 

The Show spoke with Brackens about his work.

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Katherine Davis-Young is a senior field correspondent. She has produced work for NPR, New England Public Radio, Southern California Public Radio, PRI's The World, Washington Post, Reuters and more.She has a master’s degree in radio journalism from the USC Annenberg School of Journalism.She lives in central Phoenix with her husband, two daughters, and ill-behaved cat and dog. Her side-passions include photography, crosswords and hot sauce.