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Artist statement

My work serves as a personal exploration of containment and connectivity in two-dimensional and three-dimensional space. I have always been drawn to works of art that have some sort of three-dimensional element, and I explain this in my work by including textural components such as wire, fabric, string, found objects, or wood. The objects I incorporate into my pieces are reduced to their basic, formalist qualities. As someone whose thoughts are typically hyperactive and entangled due to mental illness, I see the simple act of layering 2-D and 3-D forms on top of and within one another as a cathartic way of sorting out my scrambled mind. By creating physical manifestations of this internal process, I feel that I’m investigating the connection between abstraction and my own humanity. 


My style also plays on themes of control and vulnerability. As a Black woman in America, I am stuck at the crossroads of my Blackness and my womanhood. This intersection within my identity has played a very crucial role in how I navigate life because it’s directly correlated to the amount of autonomy and power I hold systemically. This is made evident in my body of work by the fluctuations between clean lines and geometric shapes and more loose, organic forms. I cope with feelings of powerlessness by inserting more structure into my pieces. However, constantly grasping at the need for control can be quite damaging for the psyche, so I tend to balance out this structure by making room for spontaneity and impulsivity in my process.

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