Artist Statement Submitted 2019My photography explores the social and cultural nuances of Black identity in the American South. Informed by historical references, composition, textiles and cultural influences, my work provides insight into experiences that are usually private. It engages themes of familiarity, cultural identity, class, gender, and ethnicity and encapsulates fleeting moments of intimacy through portraiture. Although I am most known for my photographic practice, I also incorporate zine-making, installation art, and design as tools to communicate my message. I approach my work with empathy, bringing my own experiences as part of the conversation.