* Photo by Tender Heart Productions
Bridgette Hickey is a multidisciplinary archivist exploring interspecies communication with her ancestors. She works in repetitive time intensive traditional mediums to weave fragmented and disembodied themes and materials.
They are a community herbalist, poet, and care worker currently developing their skills in textiles, education, and grief facilitation. She has been led here through a remembering of her families Black Gullah, Irish, Nipmuc, and Mohawk lifeways.
Bridgette has a background in medical anthropology with a focus on state inflicted intimate violence and chronic illness. She has an appreciation for relational neuroscience and somatics: the ways our sinew hold stories of joy, pain, love, and guidance for the beyond.
Bridgette’s work Doing My Hair was included in an artist talk alongside Lisa Jarrett, Sharita Towne, and Susana Pilar Delahanate Matienzo in 2015. In 2020 Bridgette collaborated with Salimatu Amabebe’s love letters to black folks creating flower and environmental literary essences. They are featured on Water in The Desert website as one of the 2020 Switch artists in residency alongside Intisar Abioto, Sidony O’neal, Yawa Amenta, and Ni Abioto. Bridgette is a spring 2022 recipient of a make build learn RACC grant to support her current herbal textile work Beloved Fragments in collaboration with Adriene Cruz.