Blair Ebony Smith, PhD
Blair (also known as lovenloops) loves to rigorously play and make Black girl sounds, spaces, lands, planets, and galaxies with Black girls and those who love them. Her artist-scholar-curator-teacher dreams and praxis emerge where Black girlhood as a creative and relation building life force with Black girls/women and alternative modes of cultural work and production meet. Her work has explored poetics and sound as practiced with Black girls and collective Saving Our Lives Hear Our Truths (SOLHOT), a space/way to celebrate Black girlhood/Black girls and make our world anew, locally and galaxy-wide. Blair is an Assistant Professor of Art Education and Gender & Women’s Studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Her current dreams are obsessed with Black girlhood celebration as always, already taking many shapes; Black feminist poetics, sound (listening) and sensorial art + design with Black girls locally and worldwide.
Sound, music, and art-making/design have always, already been apart of my daily love, living, being and studies. I find my sound and art through raw funk jazz-inspired tape-based loops of Richmond, Virginia, my family (my beloved parents whom I've survived), being with lovers and doing Black girlhood.
lovenloops as an artist-curator-scholar alter ego is a way for me to play with and remember self in relation to SOLHOT, earth/galaxies, home, lovers, Black girlhood/feminism.
It is a way for me to meet people/non-humans/lovers where we are, with our dreams. It is a way for me to meet Black girls and Black girlhood where we are, in celebration beyond biological identity. lovenloops is a way for me to meet myself where I am.
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