Artist Statement Submitted 2016As an Multidisciplinary artist, my work draws influence from rural southern culture and contemporary urban subcultures. I have developed a system of gathering that allows hybridizing and remixing the content into a multilingual dialect that endows ordinary and rejected objects with historic and spiritual powers. By reworking and mashing up iconography the works begin to establish a new identity alluding to conditions both physical and psychological in proclamation of perseverance and remembrance.
The work places personal narratives alongside of historical references that create the complex and nuanced visual investigation of Black American life within southern culture through nautical themes. The work examines the concepts of buoyancy and navigation as a daily skill set. It is a critical conversation that has given one a unique understanding to investigate life while floating within southern culture.