Artist Statement

My work merges flora and fauna, the outside world with Afro-Caribbean identity and our collective consciousness. The themes of flora and fauna are consistent in my work; the root, the stem, and the leaf comprise a complex capillary network that symbolically evokes the underlying context of our connection to nature. This connection in itself is part of the larger web of existence, and how it is categorized and dissected in many fashions in search of balance and truth.

I draw inspiration from nature’s paradoxical beauty to create work that stands out for its regal impact and sensitivity. This stems from an interest in the indigenous cultures of the Amazon, Aboriginal people of Australia, and the Yoruba tribe of West Africa. I am fascinated by the garments and textiles of Native Americans in addition to themes of Afrofuturism because of the connection to nature and where the future and past of the African diaspora intersect.

Using direct or implied human figures, I am exploring narratives of vulnerability, isolation, and alienation within various cultures across the globe. Within the vocabulary of indigenous art and my dreams, I create whimsical forms resulting in a diary of self-mythology. These exchanges allude to a larger conversation about sea level rise, environmental pollution, and the displacement between descendants of the African diaspora, and their physical environments. Through intensive detailed labor, these fragile ceramic pieces mimic the current state of Black fragility.

Photo by Pedro Wazzan

Photo by Pedro Wazzan

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