Artist Statement Submitted 2020
For the past eight years, I have worked in the public health sector in New Orleans to spread awareness on the importance of prevention. I focus on the people in my immediate surroundings and the issues they face, whether it be mental health or making sense of their place in the world. From this vantage point, I began to make art that deals with an individual's internal landscape that's impacted by how we think, feel, and act due to unresolved grief. I found there was an opportunity to bridge the gap between public health and art, using art as another tool for surveying the community. Through this process, I have done a survey of my own subconscious. My own internal landscape includes themes of African-American history, health, and the idea of home. At the center of my work are portraits, masks and collage that investigate this narrative.
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