As an interdisciplinary artist, I utilize painting, fiber art, sculpture, installation, performance, poetry, and calligraphy to state my intention. Objects, experiences, and content are the means by which I explore time and identity through material manipulation and ancestral memory. I believe Art can change the past.
Paper, a plant fiber, offers boundless possibilities. I embellish the paper and deconstruct it then reconstruct it through small repetitive gestures, sculpting a fabric onto canvas entitled, “Topography.” The time-intensive process for each piece in the series is daunting but I embrace the opportunity as meditation.
Knitting is crucial to my fine art practice - the repetitive gesture collapses time and is a catalyst for sacred contemplation. It's ironic but forming an object slowly over time requires a kind of separation from the tangible, the material. Process is the portal to my visual mythology, where an Orisha whom I call Whisperer informs my practice.
I told her I'd been dreaming of cotton blossoms and her eyes grew long as the smile spread across her face, "Of course you have, I sent them to you. And now you must create and tell stories, those that haven't yet been told." -Whisperer
Unwittingly, I have conjured an ancestral spirit and cotton (a plant fiber) is now medium, motif and metaphor.
My Orisha is a maker who can take a wild cotton blossom, spin it, weave it, and transform it into an intricate lace garment. She watches over me and shares many secrets.