Minimalist artist, photographer, & educator inspired by Black culture, Black color, and the Black experience. Known for the words, "Ignoring your passion is slow suicide. Never ignore what your heart pumps for."
Born in Washington, D.C. Currently living & working in Santa Barbara, CA.
A Prescription for Double Consciousness - Film Photography and Mixed Media Art Installation
Opening Thursday, September 6th 5PM @ SBCAST 513 Garden St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
About Current Work
Artwork shown here primarily explores themes of identity, social justice, mental health and freedom. All are open to interpretation. The composition and aesthetic of all work shown is intentionally minimal.
The primary inspiration behind each of these pieces is in Black identity and the multiple complexities and layers involved in being a Black individual, specifically within the context of The United States of America. When some view the work, they see “just a black painting” and move on. Similarly, and unfortunately, the same dismissal often occurs when individuals see Black individuals in America, ignoring their existence, oversimplifying their contribution, refusing to acknowledge their value, and choosing not to look beneath the surface. Perhaps this speaks more about the nature of the viewer than it does the artwork itself. Each piece is composed of various acrylic colors and messages hidden beneath the layers of black, and over time as the painting ages and is damaged, parts of the colors and words underneath become visible. There is no right way to interpret the work. What remains true is that over time, the work changes, as does the viewer, and we see what we are willing to.
"There is no event or thing in either animate or inanimate nature that does not in someway partake in language, for it is in the nature of each one to communicate its mental contents."
- Walter Benjamin
The Truth Series highlights reoccurring thoughts, statements, and questions (from the artist's mind and from the mind of others, such as Audre Lorde) in a simple, yet bold format. My love for language, text, and idioms is seen beneath or at the surface of many of my pieces. On their own, words challenge our own perceptions forcing us to examine our selves, and in certain contexts have the ability to transform institutions, culture, and society.
The works on paper shown here are my personal attempt to visually communicate depression and anxiety. The patterns are created viscerally, without much forethought and represent the unpredictable, yet pervasive nature of darkness.