Summer artist at Krasl Art Center uses art to highlight the impact while softening the sting of microaggressions.

Krasl Art Center is proud to announce its upcoming exhibition Triggered, Truth & Transformation by Theda Sandiford, which will be free and open to the public in The Lab from July 1 to September 17, 2023.

With racial trauma as a starting point, artist Theda Sandiford juxtaposes fiber and found materials using free-form weaving, coiling, knotting, and jewelry-making techniques. The materials are collected from the community and transformed by their collective memory, becoming a “social fabric” that weaves together contemporary issues and personal narratives. The resulting artworks are often large, bold forms that release the artist’s own “emotional baggage” while inviting the viewer to share and consider stereotypes, implicit bias, and microaggressions in their own lives and the lives of others.

“Despite a growing commitment to racial equity, the day-to-day experiences of women of color are not improving. Women of color face similar types and frequencies of microaggressions as they did two years ago. The weight of these triggers underpin very real consequences: stress, anger, frustration, self-doubt, and ultimately feelings of powerlessness and invisibility. These triggers come with a hefty toll of emotional baggage… My Emotional Baggage Carts are vessels for this racial trauma. The act of making weaves the sting of daily microaggressions into the cart and frees me from these constraints.” – Theda Sandiford.

Sandiford is an award-winning mixed media artist based in Jersey City, New Jersey, who curates multi-disciplinary experiences to create a safe space for exploring themes such as equity and inclusion, sustainability, and personal well-being. Sandiford has shown extensively nationwide and has received numerous awards, including the Excellence in Fibers VI from Fiber Art Now and the 2020 Jersey City Arts Visual Artist Award.

Krasl invites you to an Open Lab Artist Talk with Sandiford on Saturday, July 29, at 11 am, followed by a gallery tour. Open Lab events are an opportunity for the creative and curious to learn more about the art on view, ask questions, and exchange ideas with the artist.

Don’t miss the chance to see Theda Sandiford’s Triggered, Truth & Transformation at Krasl Art Center. Learn more online at

Krasl Art Center’s 2023 exhibitions are sponsored by 98.3 The Coast, The Boulevard Inn & Bistro, Honor Credit Union, Pella Windows & Doors of Northern Indiana, RMB Capital, Starks Family Funeral Homes, Silver Beach Pizza, Storage of America, Tyler Automotive, The John DeVries Insurance Agency, Kruggel Lawton CPAs, Tabor Hill Winery & Restaurant. Additional support is provided by admissions from the Krasl Art Fair on the Bluff.