My work has one ongoing storyline, one thread all centered around the afro experience in America and how that same
experience leaks and seaps into the outside world. How it grows and manifests in every interaction, discussions, creation and blood stream. One narrative that is heavily influenced by personal testimonies, things I have seen, heard and felt brush against my skin. Stories and visuals that are unique to me and people similar to me. With the goal to tell stories, to shed light on dark truths, overlooked and brushed off truths - I pray my visuals and writings make the content more relatable and for others, more digestable.
Being I focus on conversations deemed taboo and controversial, relying on visuals to communicate topics that are hard to word might be the key to empathy, to gutwrenching brutal honesty, acceptance and commitment. Visuals may be the bridge to warm a heart, may be the paste to clear the eyes as if the gospel tells it itself.
It takes the power away from the speaker, but more a interpersonal conversation. I mean, the last thing a person wants to hear is a conversation about racism and more on the domino effect of a school to prison pipeline from, the oppressed itself. So better yet instead, the work itself and its colors, begin to dance and move. They begin to murmur and mumble. They float and swirl, as the figure, sometimes no figure at all, all begin to vibrate as it reaches out from the canvas and touches with one finger - your heart. Those thoughts that begin to form in your head, the conversation between you and this art, has nothing to do with the creator. If anything, we created the stage, for your thoughts to begin to act. To reacte, to go back into history and nostalgia, to relate, to argue and get angry.
Thats what i aim to create in every piece I lay my hands on. That moment, that digs deep and questions begin to float from the abyss.
I have seen darkness and I am determined to overpower those monsters by calling them by name, sharing them to the world so its no longer a secret. THen and only then, will it no longer be scary, will it no longer be over looming, and daunting. I imagine these moments, like large black siluoettes, oversized figures, that is apart of the black experience and when shared, its like speaking another language . Like screaming in a crowded room, and I wish to illuminate that and take it back as strength. Give a voice back to the voiceless, translate and share to empower and overcome.