ARTIST STATEMENT

My artistic practice is in processing contemporary and historically driven cultural, social, racial, and gender based relationships and constructs. Using historical and contemporary slave narratives in the context of Dadaist and surrealist formats, my assemblages and photo-based collages become de-constructive strategies to explore the dichotomies between collective truth, reality, desire, and freedom. 

The assemblages and collaged structures underscore 
our fragmented world;  and the forces undermining our human relationships; where our values are subverted, and our humanity diminished. In breaking down found objects loaded with our social and cultural DNA,  I am questioning our value constructs, lies, rifts, and the subversions that produced them. In reassembling and recombining often disparate elements I advance the idea that we can reconstruct these "norms" and disconnects to create new human relationships.