shady p. is a freelance prober, writer, capture-er living and working between Georgia and New York. Shady earned a MA from New York University in Visual Culture, where she founded the Avant Guise Costume Organization, Avantguise.org. Her educational background is in Biology, Fashion, Art, Film and Costume.
Shady’s research interest include socially-constructed beauty ideals, Art and Black American culture, Philosophy and Thought of the African Diaspora, Clothing and Dress as it relates to self-representation, collective and individual memory, second-hand and vintaged possessions.
Shady completed her thesis entitled, “Clothing and Dress in South African Townships in the Post-Apartheid Era” in 2011. Her research included an up-close investigation of clothing behavior and ideals of South African township residents. Although her thesis included two very interesting aspects of dress, she obtained a wealth of information through recorded interviews, photography and research that she is currently working on transcribing and organizing into a scholarly work of art. This project has motivated her to continue probing society and communities to get answers to questions that often go unasked and unanswered.
Shady is inspired by people. The way we move, think, relate, remember and how all of this influences our actions. From the amazing to the mundane, shady finds this all interrelated and reflective of the health of our society. Her explorations and reports hope to reveal something of our selves in each other and promote the healing of a nation through critical thinking and dialogue.