Fish/Antelope Sculpture (William Daniels)

William Daniels (born 1975)

Fish/Antelope Sculpture, 2016


48 × 60 in. (121,9 × 152,4 cm)

Courtesy of the artist, New York, New York.

William Daniels’s textile works primarily use traditional quilt blocking and paper piecing techniques, though they sometimes feature the unconventional. “I derive inspiration from urban art practice that confronts contemporary issues and am always experimenting to integrate modern archetypes with historical, societal, or spiritual topics,” he says. “While some of the concepts in my work are quite unambiguous and literal, others are abstract references to the anthropological experience, individuality, or contain esoteric philosophies and historical references from the coded glyphs of ancient cultures.”

Daniels earned a doctoral degree in art theory, philosophy, and aesthetics from the Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts, a Master of Science degree in project management from New York University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in visual arts and curatorial studies from the State University of New York Empire State College in Saratoga Springs. He has won multiple awards, including the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone Art Engagement Grant, the African American Quilt Museum’s Lifetime Achievement Award, and the National Wearable Art Competition Honorable Mention, and his work has been exhibited extensively in New York.