Artist Statement

My work is a recreation of the relationship between my body’s physical movements in the world and its incorporeal movements as a result of that. In my work, my body is not limited by form, space or time; but instead manifests itself beyond what is immediately perceptible. The deconstruction of the known world and the act of the identity being the holder of dimension challenges the modern constructs of how the black body is allowed to exist. This inserts the narrative of Afrofuturism and Afrofrequency and the prevalence that they have in my practice. I create self-portraits as a way to discuss my physical body and the realities that it creates. I appear repeatedly in my work; each body a different version of myself, each body a different world, each body a trace of what existence leaves on me. 

I understand my body as an entity that has created and exists in multiple dimensions. These dimensions being; the dream state (how I pass through time and space), the memory place (where my lost selves are stored), the answering self (my constant present self) and the mystical self (the human form that exists on the outside of me). I use combinations of these dimensions to create worlds where I have existential authority. I feature myself in themes of divinity, religion and authority as a way of negotiating myself into spaces that see my existence as unpalatable. Being black, woman and queer; there is little acknowledgment of my existence in public and institutional spaces. So my body became the material that informed my practice. I use self-portraits as a way of retaliating against these spaces that try to force me to live by their perceptions of how to be acceptable. In order to negotiate myself into these spaces, I express my dichotomy by combining the religious, the sensual, the mythological, the lyrical and the spiritual. Inspired by creators like Zanele Muholi, Frida Kahlo and Athi-Patra Ruga; I create work that uses my body as language. I use this language as a means of recognizing the under-layers of my existence. With this understanding, I break down moments from my own life and bring the metaphysical dimensions they have created to the physical world.

My work is for people who want to look beyond the present physical and explore the dissection of the life experience. In order for viewers to understand the work, they must let go of the ideas of how they think the black body can exist. I remove this physical world and replace it with a space where I have given myself the authority to exist without obstruction. The role of the viewer is to believe that this is possible. More importantly, my work is also for black queer girls who have had their bodies and identities policed and their existences disregarded. It is my hope that my audience will see my work and either disengage from their perceptions of how black queer bodies can exist or be moved to exist without social obstruction. By putting my body at the forefront and sharing my personal stories, it is my hope that my work becomes an accessible resource to the minorities that need it.