My art is an exploration of African American cultural identity and experience. I also consider how beauty is defined in society. I create photomontage portraits using digitally manipulated images, with antique dolls and African sculptures as the foundation. I use old dolls because like history they are bruised and imperfect but can be remolded to represent a different perspective. Found objects and textures discovered on our rural property serve as inspiration and are collected and/or photographed in situ to be incorporated into the pieces.
The process is driven by the materials at hand with many substitutions and modifications along the way, with the finished pieces sometimes barely resembling the original concept.
Image: Portraits with the original dolls
I am a career scientist in a visually oriented discipline (pathology). I also attended The New School (Parsons) and was primarily drawn to courses such as computer assisted design (CAD), graphic design, drawing, and digital layout which inspired me to experiment in creating visual art. Through art I mainly explore concepts of physical, cultural, and spiritual identity as reflected through history, particularly of the African American community. Sometimes though it is fun to just photograph old stuff and make interesting digital compositions.
Image: Old found rag rug deconstructed showing fabric remnants.
The Delaplaine Arts Center: National Juried Exhibition 2020, Frederick Maryland, May - June 2020
The Old Courthouse Art Center (Northwest Area Arts Council): Real People 2020, Woodstock Illinois, Sept - Oct 2020
Augusta Savage Gallery: Breathing While Black, UMassAmherst Massachusetts, Sept - Nov 2020