Activism has been embedded within me since the day my mother helped me to understand the origin of my culture and role within this society. Through the years I have sought out ways to find my artistic voice through images of dark skinned portraiture, and non-figurative (shape, line, color) movement combined with photos, words, fabrics, etc. All the while operating within the margins I am obligated to operate and cooperate within the construct of society.
Events that have left me in a box of feeling marginalized by discriminatory acts against my skin-tone, gender, and sexual orientation have propelled my most recent artworks to not only challenge unconscious bias, but allow the community in which it serves to participate and create change. Through installation, collage, and assemblage art I have created artwork that confronts the institution’s philosophies of inclusion and diversity. The audience is challenged to decide if they want to participate or continue to spectate. They leave the work knowing that their silence is a hindrance versus a help.
My thinking process is: I am always seeking a way to bring the theatrics of a situation to instigate and confront ideas of privilege with loaded mediums that can cause the viewer to feel overwhelmed. To me, when you are overwhelmed it is an experience similar to what marginalized groups of people experience daily. If at that moment the viewer can feel that experience then they can get an idea of what it is like to walk in it, and use that situation to challenge the privilege of others.
It is my hope that through participation people will have conversations that dissect the systems that cause of power, privilege and oppression and work to dismantle them.