“I think violence is a part of every day for a lot of people,” Stingily has said. “To not live in violence is a privilege.” The artist made her Entryways using doors that exhibit signs of wear. Against each door leans a baseball bat, as if to guard against the threat of intruders. Stingily has explained that these works were inspired by her grandmother, Estelle, who always kept a bat by her front door and a dish of candy in her entryway. Evoking a domestic space of matriarchal protection, Entryways highlights forms of self-preservation in Black communities faced with systemic violence.
Gallery label from 2022