The inverted pyramid pattern is applied on what one might imagine to be an old slave house. Though it's probably not, the shacks rot and decay depict poverty. I as a descendent of slaves, working general labor jobs, just beginning to contract my own work, have to question capitalism. With so many rich in this world, and so many poor and enslaved; with so much food thrown away, and so many hungry, the whole system to me just doesn't make sense. Study's show that people in the west suffer more from anxiety and depression more than people in Africa. Though I'd like to learn more about the merits of capitalism, the 1% keep getting richer and the poor keep getting poorer, and our streets and cities are not the wonderland they ought to be. Though I don't think I'm a socialist, this work offers a new world order where the poor are powerful people who care more for those in need, while the masses are well paid and generally free.
A low hum emits from the center of this piece. As viewers pass by the radio picks up the occasional signal. Working with dismantled lawn chairs and bits of trash scavenged from the discard site of an old amphitheater; this piece speaks to multitude of inspiring ideas and the various forms they take -emanating from center stage.
4' x 8'
The symbolism found in a flower painted using hardware store mess ups, surrounded by foam objects, scavenged at the local scrap exchange, speaks to new life emerging from what otherwise would be considered waste.
Foam painted silver, symbolize the illusionary -or temporary- nature of all of it.
I used a tree like form to express how growth occurs after experiencing humility. The foam material, surrounding the tree, articulates the creative potential of society's refuse.
The foam painted silver speaks to the illusionary nature of all of it.
3' x 8'
Considering the transformation of trees into cardboard boxes; Hanging Garden embalms the material as dead flowers in an abstract representation of it’s past flourishing state.
The black background is a symbol applied to alter common negative associations with blackness, displaying creation emerging from it instead.
The black stemmed, golden, humanoid, sunflower, was created as a way of bringing value to forms American society typically overlooks. Being a boxed sunflower with pedals bursting free, creativity is used to express the overcoming of common confines related to identity.
9" x 28"
A mask for the young, gifted and unbroken. Starry eyed, with curly hair, self assured, the golden child has little respect for those who dont live up to his own imaginings of what it means to be a success.
The use of seashells articulate the external, temporary nature of identity.
11" x 38"
Eventually, as a part of maturity, most of us begin to experience a bit of humility.
Painted white as if having seen a ghost, fear of not living up to one's personal ambition, is cause for pause and reconsideration as to where one sits within the grander narrative.
Golden eyed, with painted red lips, the ego clings to material things in order to maintain the appearance of security.
Mirrors begin to cover seashells, and one begins to realize their personal identity in relationship to others.
9" x 35”
Mirrors stream down from golden eyes, to cover a blackened metaphorical mask of death. Pain, suffering, and humiliation, cause the individual to realize, that whatever they're doing, just isn't working out.
While golden eyes symbolize, the spirit of youth, mirrors covering seashells, display how the way that others see you, in part, determines one's identity.
12" x 42"
As an adult, sometimes we must wear a mask that doesn't represent who we consider ourselves to be. Recognizing that we exist in relationship to others, that others given their past experiences, will define you, causes us to assimilate into broader society.
This mask is only the surface of our identity. Ego mostly removed, we do what we need to do to be able to get where we want. If that means, learning from others who show you little respect, you do it. If that means taking a job that doesn't completely fulfill you, you do it.
Hopefully, now humble, you use these opportunities to grow into something more than you previously expected. All things temporary, you maintain your knowledge of the illusion of being, and work to transform yourself into who you'd most like to become.
5' x 5'
Scrap Frabric on Cardboard
5' x 8'
I took all of the clothes that wouldn't fit into my backpack; chopped and tied them to my childhood box spring right before leaving my mother's house.
A mentor at the time told me I needed to be more grateful. So while making this piece, I repeated the word grace to myself and followed my intuition.
After six months of toil, upon completion, I came to realization that time is the greatest form of grace. This piece is an hour glass. The use of drill holes in the bed frame, fabric and color express the relationship between entropy and the process of emerging natural creation.
32" x 31"
Acrylic paint, glitter, charcoal, screws on wood
This piece speaks to when the road ahead is unclear and a bit scary. When it feels as though the ground you're standing on is no longer there. When what you once knew no longer exists. It's the moment of the fall when one begins to drift. At this time, it feel like breath and the belief in a matter of time is the only thing that allows you to keep going.
March To Elsewhere
March to Elsewhere
5' x 5'
Sneakers, screws, cardboard, latex acrylic paint on wood
Here's a flag for those who decide to follow their hearts and journey into the unknown. To those who decide to walk by fear in hope of arriving at freedom.
Shoes left on an inverted precipice, surrounded by screws, the willingness to step up and give it all you got; likely takes you nowhere, besides deeper inside yourself. To learn what you're made of. To learn what you're not. To live for love, to die for love. To never give up.
Romantic Flower Dance
Romantic Flower Dance
Inspired by duality; this piece speaks to the creative relationship between death and life. In nature, from soil grows life only to eventually return to soil. Flowers set on a grey backdrop of metal, paint and pinecones, suggest the constant shifting transformation inherent in all things.
The Turkish Prince
The Turkish Prince
7' x 30"
Screws, Fan blade holsters. light switches, light switch covers, on wood