ART PORTFOLIO // 2016
From left to right: (1) "she had hard times and yet she danced"; (2) "weaveus"; (3) "the blackness of our (re)birth";
"she had hard times and yet she danced" & "weaveus" (December 2016) were the first two paintings I've ever done - be they abstract or figural, digital or analog. This set of paintings is on the theme of lineage for me as a multiracial Black woman, as I am also Native. We have a lot of pain and joy built into the fabric of my lineage as a result. I wanted to explore the relationship between joy and pain as it weaves into said lineage/legacy, but in a way that subverts the usual narratives we see on this topic. I.e., I wanted to focus on the joy and the love despite of, and in spite of, the painful experiences.
"the blackness of our (re)birth" was inspired by Audre Lorde's poem, "House of Yemanja" and how Audre's work, as well as the spirituality of my Ancestors, plays into my intellectual, political, spiritual, and creative lineage.
Digital Collage (Fall/Winter 2016) :: Imposter Complex is a series of digital collages - created with randomly selected components - exploring identity, empathy, and self-conception. It used to be fairly common practice (still is a little bit) for young artists and art apprentices to spend a considerable amount of time replicating the works of matured artists or their masters before being given the latitude to speak in their own voice. I struggle with identifying with other artists - as an artist - and I wanted to distort and play with the previous model of apprenticeship in these works. Not only is each piece focused towards cultural & political commentary, but also my creative voice wearing the ‘mask’ of another collage artist’s aesthetics. Every artist whose work inspired a piece in this collection was featured in Danielle Krysa's (The Jealous Curator) book, Collage: Contemporary Artists Hunt and Gather, Cut and Paste, Mash Up and Transform.
Digital Collage (Fall/Winter 2016) :: After taking a multi-year hiatus from working with the visual arts or in Photoshop, I randomly decided to put myself up to a creative challenge to help break through writer's block. My parametres were simple: no more than 2 hours to devise a final piece, using only a randomly generated collection of assets, bits, and bobs to draw from, and the mandate that I incorporate one element from each folder - a la the cooking show, Chopped. Every piece is created around a theme of order, creation, and chaos as they relate to various socio-political themes.