Derek Knight is a ceramic artist and drag queen based out of Morgantown, West Virginia. They Graduated West Virginia University in 2020 with a B.F.A in Ceramics. They use their work to discuss queer culture and mental health. Their goal is to work for different organization to provide opportunities to students who might not be able to afford to learn or work with art.
"When you take a flower in your hand and really look at it, it's your world for the moment. I want to give that world to someone else." - Georgia O'Keeffe
"Flowers are often associated with femininity, beauty and sexuality. I’ve always been intrigued by flowers; their fleeting beauty has mesmerized me, and I found comfort in finding beauty in the imperfectly perfect. By creating flowers, I explore frailty, sexuality, and beauty not only within myself but also in society. As a gay Latinx person who has always struggled with my identity with gender and sexuality I found comfort in using flowers to express that struggle. My work has become a therapeutic release for me to break the social boundaries that have been forced upon me. Even something as simple as me creating and discussing my work already breaks the mold and goes against what I have been taught what it means to be a man.
I challenge myself in trying to capture the essence of what flowers are and what they represent in a material that is inherently different but shares similarities. Flowers are soft, gentle and can die and are ephemeral while ceramics are hard and archival, but they can also be fragile. Clay on the other hand shares many similarities with flowers, clay is also soft and ephemeral. Clay can be molded and affected by any touch and once clay dries it can return to its original form and also break making it impermanent. Ceramics can never truly capture what a flower is, but it can still be beautiful. I want my work to be an expression of who I am but spark conversation and mutual understanding." -Derek Knight
The JOY Interview
It's Day 1 of the first week of SHEESH!
Kick off the week by reading more about Week One's Collaborator, Derek Knight and what JOY means to them in our exclusive Interview! Be sure to check your email for your downloadable PDF!
Month Pass holders will also receive a copy of this Interview in the SHEESH! Book of Black Joy!
The SHEESH! Playlist - Derek Knight Takeover
Find your new favorite song by checking out this playlist curated by Derek! This exclusive playlist will be available via Apple Music, Spotify, and Tidal!
Clay 101 with Derek Knight
Here at SHEESH! we are all about creating and that's what we asked our Collaborator's to do! Join Derek, a ceramic artist, as they show us how to throw clay! Check out this exploration of Joy through clay.
What is Your Black Joy?
The SHEESH! Network is the OFFICIAL news source for SHEESH! Issa Blackity Black Joy Fest. We are dedicated to finding out what is on the minds of Black people around the country. Our Agents of Black Joy have hit the streets to ask Black folks, What is Black Joy?
The Day of Rest featuring a Word from our Sponsor
Did you know Rest is ESSENTIAL to Black Joy. BeGause of Love is here to remind you just how worthy you are of that self care.
SHEESH! Open Mic!
Calling all Poets, Singers, Orators, Musicians, Creative Black Folk. Join our weekly Day 5 celebration of Joy with the SHEESH! Virtual Open Mic. Join this weekly 2 hour exclusive livestream hosted by OMG! We never know who will come by the livestream!
10 Things that Spark Joy
We asked Us what are 10 things that spark Joy? It could be a favorite memory or a song. It could be the blanket that you got when you were a kid. Tune in and find out what always brings Derek joy!
Enact Black Joy
We've been celebrating Joy all week. Now it time we Enact that Joy in the real world. Grab a friend and join us on the SHEESH! Joy Date, a scavenger hunt for all. Every week will feature a different Joy Date where we encourage you to explore the world around you for Joy! This week our Scavenger Hunt will have us on an explanation of the outdoors in the name of SHEESH!
Every SHEESH! Pass holder will receive SHEESH! mail to coincide with the week's activities!
Week 1 Button Pack
1" Buttons (Qty:2) and 2" Button (Qty: 1)
Week 1 Sticker Pack
3 Official SHEESH! Stickers
Little Book of Black Joy, vol. 1
Featuring Artwork from Dominique Barlow
Eat! Eat! Eat! Card Game
2 Artwork Prints