Dindga McCannon was born in Harlem and studied at the Art Students League, where she found mentors in Harlem Renaissance artists such as Jacob Lawrence. McCannon uses an intuitive, multi-layered process that involves experimenting with a wide range of techniques and materials.
I have always been a fiber artist, but have also been a writer/illustrator, painter, wearable art maker, costume designer, muralist, print-maker, and a mother. My work is the fusion of traditional needlework (skills given to me by my mother and grandmother), with the fine arts: drawing, painting, printing, and printmaking, along with a lot of mixed media.
McCannon's coming of age occurred during varied movements from the Civil Rights Movements, Black Arts Movement and Feminist Art.
McCannon played a vital role in the Black Arts Movement of the 1960s and ’70s, as one of only two female members of the influential Weusi Artist Collective and a co-founder of the trailblazing group Where We At Black Women Artists, Inc. But she was never at the center of the male-dominated scene, partly because she was a woman and dared to make art about it.-NYT
“As artists, you never stop growing, you never stop learning, you never stop experimenting, you never stop doing...I will probably never have a set style. It’ll be sort of like me, but I can take it anywhere I choose.”
Afrodesia & Mira Gandy, 1971
woodcut & screenprint
image: 12 x 11 1/2"
sheet: 16 x 13 1/2"
signed, titled & dated recto