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Artist Statement

Through our dreams, we make contact with a vast, yet elusive side of ourselves. My work converges flora and fauna of the outside world with identity and consciousness of the inside world. Drawing inspiration from nature’s paradoxical beauty, I aim to create work that not only stands out for its regal impact but also for its sensitivity. My inspiration comes from an ongoing interest and profound respect for indigenous tribal cultures of the Amazon, Aboriginal natives of Australia and the Yoruba tribe of West Africa. I am fascinated with garments and textiles of Native Americans and themes of Afro-futurism because of their connections with nature. With this vocabulary of indigenous art, along with my personal dreams, I make whimsical forms resulting in a diary of my personal mythology.

My work explores the cultural disparity of self-realization, assimilation, and transnational identity. Using direct or suggested human figures, I am interested in exploring narratives of vulnerability, isolation, and alienation in tribal societies. The theme of flora and fauna falls heavily into my work; the root, stem, and leaf comprise of a complex capillary network that symbolically evokes underlying themes of our connections to nature. This connection is itself part of the larger web of existence, and how it is categorized and dissected in many fashions in search for balance and truth.

Selected Press // Publications // Collaborations 

Issue 11 Blue Canvas Magazine, , Urbanite Magazine: Transcend Fashion Show, The Chronicle of Higher Education: Genuine Articles Fashion Show, 
The Black Male Identity Project, Baltimore Sun Newspaper “Double Consciousness’ Exhibition at Laurel’s C- Street Gallery”, NAACP National ACT-SO Gold Medalists,
Teen Ink Magazine, The Rooster Issue 8, MICArotica Vol. 2,  From A Window,  A Contemporary Poetry Volume by Eber & Wein Publishing  “The Butterfly Effect”.