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Artist ID: 2533

In my work, I look to make worlds where the body is important, where the body can be granted, where the body can make decisions, and spatially, have the care to persevere through vulnerability. These social sculptures are choreographed to reflect the daily lives of people, and are presented to women and Southern folk as tokens of gift giving. My work poses as a secular place for transformation to bring diverse groups of strangers together, and build a theology of mutation, light, and motion.
Tensions of civic imagination are at the architectural core of my recent pieces; I believe that to make the world a better place requires an act of Civic Imagination. My intention is to indirectly point to our perceptions of what we are when we are alone vs. what we are when we are together, raising questions of our views of what family is. Drawing on what I've experienced as essential ingredients of family--adventure, nakedness, ritual and loss--I offer the public doors into alternate homes conceived of as interior events and exterior eruptions, positive and negative, without opposing context. In this outpour for others, value is reassigned.

Social practice choreography belongs to a place and a people; relying on the transference from one body to another, it is a lost form of democracy. Encounter of the participants is unregulated. I don’t expect people to follow us for hours. I recognize the endurance ritual here. We touched each other for a moment. Through this endeavor for liberation I invite the public to become a collaborator, and family. My work is a rigorously crafted group experience that asks how far can we go together, in a world that feels like it's wrestling us apart.

I am a Georgia choreographer. My work spans body-based installations, sculpture, and land-based projects—all are informed by my ongoing exploration of choreography as a toolbox to engage with histories of civic movements, womanism, and Southern cultural legacies. A fourth generation Southern woman, I grew up poor in low-income housing. Originally trained as a ballet dancer, I shifted the focus of my practice in 2008 to the creation of staged participatory environments in which histories of care for Southern women and marginalized people are presented as alternatives to discriminatory practices in America. Exhibitions include i came to explore the sun, of something more permanent, the moves are maps (2021), for Marais de Bonnefont Marsh Reserve, Bordeaux, and Proctor Creek Watershed, Atlanta; Supple Means of Connection (2019) at the High Museum of Art, Atlanta; gestures that soon will disappear (2017) at MOCA GA, Atlanta; Red Hill River (of brotherhood) (2016) at the Center for Civil and Human Rights, SEARCH
ENGINE at Atlanta Contemporary (2016); and all directions I come to you (2015), a Creative Time New York project. I was named one of The 100 Most Influential Georgian’s In 2022 by Georgia Trend.

In 2009, I founded glo, a non profit multiracial, trans-generational Southern women platform advancing free cultural services to change systems. glo received a Rauschenberg Foundation Grant (2016-13) for The Traveling Show, a long-term project traveling extensively to engage rural South communities, and research secular and aspects of life there.

I am a graduate of Point Park University (BFA). I performed and toured with Hubbard St. Dance Chicago before forming glo. I graduated Summa Cum Laude in the inaugural cohort of the Social and Environmental Arts Practice MFA (2021), led by artist, freedom fighter, and Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors. I was Georgia Tech’s 2015 Resident Artist.

In 2019, I was the High Museum’s first choreographer-in-residence. I was awarded the Lorenzo Il Magnifico prize at the Florence Biennale in 2019. I. am a United States Artist Fellow nominee (2022, 2019). I am the recipient of the 2018 Hudgens Prize, and 2017 MOCA GA Working Artist Project Fellow. I am an Artadia award (2014) recipient. I collaborated with the Goat Farm Arts Center to create Tanz Farm: a contemporary anthology (2012-onnward), to expand boundaries and support for new live art ideas, structures, and languages in the Deep South. To date, 27 artists from 11 cities across the globe have been showcased, including Eiko Otake, Niv Sheinfeld & Oren Laor, Sidra Bell, Erik Thurmand, Fabien Prioville, Malcolm Low/Formal Structure, Ballet Hispanico, Amanda Miller/Core, Staibdance, Shamel Pitts, and Morgan Bobrow-Williams.

I make all of my work on native land of the American Indians of the Cherokee and the Lower Muskogee Creek Tribe in Georgia, in rural Palmetto, and metro Atlanta.

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