For me, the practice of art goes beyond the confines of a gallery or studio space. Creative expression and cultural production are found in our lived experience and in the vernacular objects that surround us.

 

The dynamic and genre-expanding artists Hannah Höch, Romare Bearden, Wangechi Mutu, Betye Saar, and Aminah Lynn Robinson in their own ways created artwork that addressed such intersections. Similarly, I draw from the “stuff” or ephemera of everyday life to reveal the ways in which selfhood, memory, and desire may be visualized from a position of alterity or otherness. 

Part of my process, as an artist and visual anthropologist, is to disrupt the visual narratives in various types of print media and create new ones. I combine handwritten text, symbols, and found photographs, original drawings and use alternative photography methods like scanography and collage to create a deconstructed, re-imagined visual imagery of Otherness that centers the Black body and Black queer femme identity.