This body of work addresses issues of incarceration, surveillance, the U.S. penal and criminal justice systems. It is mostly conceptual and has been exhibited in multi-mediums (Video, Photography, Installation and now mixed media). Project Exile. is a testament acknowledging the humanity and dignity of America’s prisoners. The blackboard series is inspired by the Quilts of Gee's Bend, "Rooftop Variations;" and reference Robert Smithson's concept of Non-sites, as each piece is an abstraction of a real place; they're also metaphors for those incarcerated as forgotten and placed in "non-sites." These drawings are aeriel demarcations or architectural footprints of prisons within the U.S.; and are graphite and blackboard paint on clayboard. Through this work, I'm surveilling the suveillor, while exploring how systems influence the human condition and their affect on culture, and worldview.
Work on Paper
This body of work is an ongoing examination, and is intended as a declaration of being. Each work is a life-sized impression on paper, taken directly from the male figure, creating a unique mark or symbol, which catalogues and indexes the body, yielding a trace (evidence), figurative language, “narrating a way of being.” The series includes a performance component which illustrates process in addition to placing the unadorned Black male body in discourse with the social body; allowing the audience to project their experience in relationship to the nude male figure. This work is testament to the ongoing obsession and distortion of the Black (Non-European) body throughout contemporary culture. “This is an effort to visually distill (extract) the complexity of what it is to be alien within a western social paradigm, communicating this in a most simple way.
Artist Bio / CV
My installations, performances, video, sculpture and paintings attempt to expose formal and social interrelationships within the context of contemporary culture. As a cross-disciplinary artist my practice conflates academic and artistic research, and frequently uses photography and video archives to create new critical perspectives on dominant historical narratives. My interests lie in creating discourse around representations and debates within western critical discourse, and are directed towards social purposes. I’m compelled by how systems affect populations with focus on U.S. social and political histories relating to incarceration, criminality, surveillance and spectatorship. I received an MFA in Sculpture at Bard College, Milton Avery School of Art and attended S.U.N.Y., Empire State College Studio Art Program where I received my B.A. in Visual Art.