ARTIST STATEMENT

"When I dare to be powerful, to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid." Audre Lorde

I am a multimedia artist. My artwork includes drawing, painting, sculpture, puppetry, performance and video. Oftentimes my art is figurative and conveys a narrative.  I am interested in the psychological and emotional possibilities of portraits and exploring the gaze and the subjectivity of my figures, as well as, interrogating blackness, whiteness, gender and sexuality.  

Much of my artwork explores topics that are spiritual in nature and serves as a mechanism to manifest more love, more abundance and more peace in my life and in the lives of others.  At it's core, much of my artwork is about transformation and healing.  A common symbol found in my work are halos.  I have taken the halo as a symbol found in early European and North and East African paintings and used them to more generally symbolize divinity and our connectedness with the Universe (or Love). 

I have been greatly inspired by a broad range of genres, styles and philosophical approaches to artmaking, i.e., Comix Art, Pop Art, “Outsider Art,” and Abstract Expressionism.  I have also found great inspiration in mysticism, spirituality, feminism, queer theory and popular culture.

 
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