LJ Roberts (b.1980 Royal Oak, Michigan, USA) creates large-scale textile installations, embroideries, artist books, and collages. Their work investigates overlaps of queer and trans politics, activism, protest, and craft. Roberts lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.
Roberts also maintains a critical writing practice that bridges craft and queer theory. Their writing can be found in the anthologies Extra/Ordinary: Craft Culture in Contemporary Art published by Duke University Press and Craftivism: The Art of Craft and Activism on Arsenal Pulp Press. They have contributed writing to publications such as Studio Potter, Hyphen Magazine, and Art Practical. Most recently Roberts wrote the introduction to DUETS: Dean Daderko and Elaine Reichek on the late Nicolas A. Moufarrege published by Visual AIDS.
Roberts has been the past recipient of a MacDowell Colony Fellowship, the Fountainhead Fellowship at Virginia Commonwealth University, and residencies at IASPIS (International Artists' Studio Program in Sweden, Stockholm), Ox-Bow School of Art, ACRE, The Textile Arts Center, and The Bag Factory in Johannesburg, South Africa. They were a 2019-2020 Artist-in-Residence at Pioneer Works in Brooklyn, NY.
In 2015, Roberts was one of nine recipients of The White House Champions of Change Award for LGBTQI artists from President Barack Obama. They also received the 2019 President's Award for Art and Activism from the Women's Caucus for Art.
Their first solo exhibition in New York City, Carry You With Me: Ten Years of Portraits opened at Pioneer Works in 2021, accompanied by their first publication. It is currently on view at Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts, CA.