To investigate issues of culture, race, and domesticity, I employ a range of media including drawing, painting, and sculpture. I work with materials that dictate a certain process of inquiry and which I am connected to in specific ways – such as my daughter’s homework assignments from first grade or heaps of leather lace from my father’s shoe shop. The characteristics, physical presence and signifying potential of materials such as these – the materiality of objects – inspire me to analyze how things are made, consider who makes them, and examine the physical or social conditions that are involved in their making. Through this process, I create works that question the inequities of race, gender and class to engage viewers in specific cultural and gendered experiences. In representing these perspectives in my works, I acknowledge their value and power.
The works in this portfolio employ the language of abstraction and use the skin-tone palette of crayon colors as an alternative approach to Color Theory. The lines, shapes and compositions are informed by the woven patterns found in textiles and leathercraft. While the color palette is contrived as “neutral” I see hierarchical power dynamics represented in the non-chromatic colors of beige, brown and black. I want the viewer to see these works as “racialized abstractions” and consider social dynamics and hierarchies within our culture.