I think I’m getting closer to what I’m getting at with all my art making. While at once I may have reworded things, I don’t think my overall scope has changed. Maybe I just got shook for a bit, you decide.
The focus of my work is cultural memory. In the spaces of memory, in contested territories, in collective spaces, in forgetting, in remembering, and all the objects around those acts, the images, and other senses that allow us to craft our reality, we create ourselves. Black liberation, spirituality, nature, technology, performance, and architecture are key themes I use to explore interactions between people. I take an interdisciplinary approach to making work using mediums ranging from every day pen a paper to high grade marble tile to process my vision. With poetry as a guiding element for my process, text acts as a platform for the finished products of my practice, granting the audience an easy access point into the more difficult parts of my work.
Pointing to an imagined worlds the visual style of my work blends nature and architecture with storytelling elements that reflect my personal experiences and a wider critical eye on the struggle of the working class. The history of luxury goods, color, material, and movements of people have come with repercussions we are dealing with as a intricately connected global society. As a way of entering conversation with how society expresses value the conflicts around globalization, art becomes a vessel for navigating the web of truths considered transparent but ultimately obfuscated by hegemonic oppression. Careful acts of juxtaposition, patterning, and camouflaging expose our relationship to the things that create significance in our lives, revealing in the language around these objects their heritage.
I feel a great distance between myself and the cultures I was raised in. The overlapping territories of these places, non places, people, and ideas, has created in me an interest in the spirit of all things and a manner of creating that doesn’t seek to dominate a form but rather imbue a self determinacy onto of the object through process. Texas skies, California forests, hills, and urban sprawl, competitive sports fields, international cityscapes from Western Europe, to Northern Africa, to North East Asia, cyberspace all come with unique language and narrative that while at once range widely are also contained in a philosophy that connects everything in existence. The absurd beauty of it all is that we are simply moving on a moving surface with no fixed points, so, la, ti, do, in joy, in sorrow.