Nastassja E. Swift
SheROCKS Event, Showcased Artist, Dance
Nastassja Swift is a visual artist holding a Bachelors degree of Fine Art from Virginia Commonwealth University with a major in Painting & Printmaking and a minor in Craft & Material Studies. She is the owner and artist of D for Dolls, an online collection of handmade needle felted figures. Outside of being a doll maker, she works with paint, print, performance and fiber within her studio practice. Nastassja’s work is currently on display in a group exhibition at The Colored Girls Museum in Philadelphia, and her solo exhibition at the University of Michigan. She has participated in several national and international residences and exhibitions, including her solo exhibit in Doha, Qatar, and fellowships at the Vermont Studio Center and MASS MoCA.
Nastassja is currently living and working in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
Links to the two films that were produced during a performative project I directed in Richmond, Virginia last summer. The Promo images I’ve attached are from this project as well. Along with links is a brief project description.
Remembering Her Homecoming is a collaborative project that analyzes the history of the black female body in Richmond, and navigates the stories and identities of the women before us, the stories of the present, and how they affect our tomorrows. Through a communal workshop and collaborative public performance, Nastassja engaged black female residents of varying ages, within Richmond communities, in a project infused with dance, sound and visual narrative that take place in Shockoe Bottom and Jackson Ward. Eight women and girls, dressed in white garments, wore a large, needle felted white wool mask and traveled by foot from the Trail of Enslaved Africans, and ended on Leigh Street in the Jackson Ward neighborhood.
The project has produced a mini documentary and short film.