In my interdisciplinary practice, I reflect on my experience as a BIPOC woman and mother living with the intergenerational trauma of disenfranchisement, dispossession, and marginalization. My work is complicated by the inherent difficulty of representing a historical and cultural condition fragmented and convoluted by time and space inherited through generations to reassemble in the present.
I employ symbols and metaphors to describe and reconcile the unresolved dualism of experience and consciousness. Within my work, I use the home as a site that embodies feelings, moments, possibilities, memories, and inheritances. I recollect moments in my childhood to create dynamic spatial and psychological experiences in painting and sculpture. This tension between interior sensations and exterior relationships extends to the quality of being I seek to express and the physical boundaries of the objects I create.
I play with objectivity and subjectivity in paintings by using light to excavate an all-black space. Domestic interiors are carved out of subtle hues, brushstrokes, and glossy and matte surfaces. Figures defined with color stand out. They seem to swim in a dark sea. Sculpturally, I communicate an unsettled and precarious physicality through curvilinear shapes and scale. Stone and wood are painted, carved, shaped, and scraped to describe the present and past traumas. Found household objects such as tables, carpets, and chairs are disassembled, reconfigured, stacked, and painted to demonstrate access, adaptation, and resourcefulness.
My works require the viewer to be patient and open to finding both comfort and discomfort as they confront the throughlines between past constructions and present psychological conditions.
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