My work is autobiographical, stems from my position as a black woman marking space, and responds to the travails of my ancestors. I have a multidisciplinary visual art practice based on an interpretive exhibit design and architecture career spanning more than three decades. I tell stories using quotidian objects such as felt-lined bulletin boards, clothing, hair, handmade paper, timecards, and text.
My background encompasses the critical examination of visual culture. As an artist, I record, interpret, and make aware the complexities in which humans exist and affect their social surroundings. As an architect and designer I creatively solve problems related to the structural systems within virtual and built environments. My visual art making practice is a combination of past professional disciplines, present lived experiences, and the cache of contemporary and historic research accumulated. My initial and ongoing project—The Burden of Invisibility—is the physical manifestation of my evolution from designer to visual artist, as well as a reaction to the world around me.
My artwork is also grounded in the belief that studying visual culture is a transformative experience. As an emerging cultural producer with a social justice practice, my goal is to engage audiences who may benefit from the ways visual culture incites the imagination to see the world differently, and eventually empowers and provides them the agency to creatively contribute to it.
Felt bulletin board panel, plastic letters, aluminum frame. Quantity of four. 16x20” each.
813 hand-printed letterpress time cards on black paper, black foil stamping, white foil stamping, blue ink, silver ink.
4 x 11” each, placed in a grid.
Natural and synthetic hair, faux fur, bling stickers, clothing, shoes, Behr paint samples.
Felt, cotton, white embroidery thread
3” x various lengths.
Nine captioned and framed photocopies, hand-cut vinyl letters. 12x18” each (framed size).