As an interdisciplinary artist, I utilize painting, fiber art, sculpture, installation, performance, poetry, and calligraphy to state my intention. An exploration of time and identity through ancestral memory and material manipulation begets objects, experiences, and content. 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 for meditation.
Knitting is crucial to my fine art practice - the repetitive gesture collapses time and is a catalyst for creative contemplation. 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.