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Artist Statement

I am interested in exploring connections between identity, memory and  traditional African Spirituality. My  work seeks to create a visual dialogue in order to explore the existence of an in-between, metaphysical space without the possibility of threat. I seek to create and  hold  space that does not require being on guard.   I  create a portal to guide viewers to this metaphysical utopia free of the social and economic constraints that have historically oppressed us. 

 

 I am creating abstract portraiture that captures the essence of ethereal spirits. They emerge  within visual space left open and void of outside forces. There is a deliberate lack of setting within the negative space as the metaphysical plane that they exist on is undefined. The imagery created presents dignity  and grace while seeking to give voice to the unheard. My subjects are colorful, textured figures that embody the spiritual essence of souls who have gone onto the spiritual realm. In creating visual avatars of these souls, I am regifting them with life, presence and audience. It is here in this space that holds no burdens of past history or current social failure, and within this existence is a true freedom.  

 

New stories  are stitched together with color and texture. My work is a focused effort of channeling  energy and history of  past generations, honoring the ancestors request for the audience as they offer a view into the metaphysical plane, a safe space free of western oppression. Within my work  I utilize expressive energetic mark making and experimental use of tools. Through the use of unconventional tools for mark making, there is a freedom that  allows the artist  a disconnect from the conscious minds’ expectations of the mark. The energy that emerges from letting go, allows the figure to emerge.  The  images are full of texture and movement. My  painting process is a ritual through which opens a portal of communication with a plane of space were safety and peace are central.