I create paintings that are representational of my experiences of Blackness, and the importance of the space and time in between. I focus on the depiction of Black life, not the spectacle or its aftermath, but the moments of transition or pause, where next moves are being negotiated, connections are being made, and thoughts are being collected. As a Black person in living in America, I find myself inundated either with imagery of the world “happening” to the black community, or imagery of our resilience and response to those happenings. We are much more than our collective pain. My work is driven by the desire to remember those moments in between, where we as a people are just existing. Those are the moments that validate our humanity and our existence. Using photos from my personal family archive I am creating these narrative moments of vulnerability, honesty, and candor. There is something to be said about how a person reacts when their image is being captured by a person they know, love, or at the very least, trust.
This is how we are with each other.
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Los Angeles, CA