At birth, we are dealt a genetic hand that determines our form. As a former fashion designer, I came to appreciate fabric as a material for changing that form; a fiber we stretch and pin to bridge the gap between our silhouette and our self-image. In a sense, we become our own gods and control a form that might otherwise betray us.
When I paint, I experience a similar gap between my ideas and my ability to express them. And again, I reach for the materials around me to help make my pieces mine.
In my work, I explore these themes of evolving forms, inner gods, and the patchwork of materials we use to become whole.
Starting with Charcoal
Sometimes I choose to develop my ideas on paper before I put paint to canvas. Ive found that charcoal allows my mind a certain freedom. The thick lines and the smudges produce such a organic, beautiful messiness that mirrors my entire being.
Jilly Vs Erykah
When I first heard there was going to be a Verzuz battle between Jill Scott and Erykah Badu - two of my all time favorite female musicians - my excitement level was so high it raised my blood pressure, I’m sure of it. These two strong women were a part of a rare empowering narrative during my teenage years that helped to shape me into the proud, spiritual, black woman I am today.