Stingily’s work explores various themes of racial identity and feminity, memory and childhood, iconography, surveillance and paranoia as well as freedom. Much of her work is in direct response to her “social and economic background” growing up in West Chicago.
Critics have reviewed her first two exhibitions favorably. Curator Johanna Fateman writes in Artforum that Diamond’s work, “reflects on the normalization and replication of brutal scripts and systems using perfect, pervasive materials.” California-based curator Hanna Girma notes that “Stingily courageously navigates between consolation and discomfort, personal and shared memory. Her work celebrates youthful perception, black creativity and resilience while simultaneously thrusting the viewer into their current disposition, with its fear of contact, normalized violence and ancestral hardship.”
The artist is apart of the show Trigger: Gender as a Tool and a Weapon at the New Museum The exhibition features more than forty artists working across a variety of mediums and genres, including film, video, performance, painting, sculpture, photography, and craft. Many embrace explicit pleasure and visual lushness as political strategies, and some deliberately reject or complicate overt representation, turning to poetic language, docufiction, and abstraction to affirm ambiguities and reflect shifting physical embodiment.