We had the good fortune of connecting with Goby Prather and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Goby, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
My artistic career serves as a time capsule in documenting and articulating the Black nonbinary experience. What defines this experience is its’ state in continual flux, and my hope is to show this liquidity through what I create; not only as a form of healing and education, but as a way to connect with myself and my community.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
What i’m currently most excited/proud of would be my Soft Sculpture work.

Soft Sculpture – the use of “non-traditional”, flexible materials has become an integral component of my practice. Despite switching my major in college from Fashion Design to Sculpture and Integrated Practices, the act of selecting fabrics, and a draw towards the variety of resources for finding those selections, remained.

Material I choose for these sculptures are later silkscreened with pre-drawn designs. These textiles are then patterned and sewn into different structures and forms; the pliability and adaptable nature grants me access to tactility as a soothing routine, one that’s notably reduced debilitating symptoms of my disabilities.

Additionally, this form of Sculpture has created room for experimentation, and exploring a form of color theory i’d never though to consider in the past.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I would definitely take them to Prospect Park – depending on the weather – and enjoy a nice picnic that we prepared beforehand.

Due to the pandemic, there aren’t a lot of options in terms of plans I could make where i’d feel comfortable/safe, so walks and enjoying outside spaces would be my #1 priority.

For food, i’d take them to some of my favorite Black-owned businesses in Bed-Stuy like BKLYN Blend and Brown Butter.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
A major influence to thank would be my older brother Taylor. Not only did he introduce me to the art world and the endless potential that creativity can bring, but he’s also provided support in unpacking my identity over the years – a now integral aspect of my work.

Website: https://gobyprather.persona.co/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/radtypes/

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