Quinessa Stibbins
Not About Angels

Quinessa believes in using art as a liberating act. She is pursuing a social justice minor, and hopes to explore socially conscious design by continuing her studies of social justice in graduate school. This pushes her to design garments that send a message or draw attention to various social issues. Quinessa’s top strength is communication, and both dancing and apparel design are ways to communicate with the body, which is why she chose these mediums to tell the story of this particular social issue.

Not About Angels is a commentary on racial violence and the trauma it inflicts on black youth. The dance follows a young girl watching the news, where she see’s all of these people dying, people that look like her. In her dreams she is dancing with angels, who are these victims. In the end we see that the little girl never wakes from this dream, as she has become an angel herself.