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Artist ID: 2541

In my work, I contend with the duality, the double consciousness, of the “black body” and the mystery of dark matter, the most prevalent and least understood matter in the universe. Having been referred to as black gold, people of color in America were flattened into the monolith of projected nuances and chattel property, juxtaposed with the human experience of living while driven by an ancestral spiritual of connection and survival. I sometimes flatten the figure in black in historical parody and highlight the golden route that defines the figuration from within in a timeless, endless space. The traveling line represents a single coded map from my past to a future of my choosing rather than an imposed one. Each piece is part of an expedition into the essence of a people who were never fully separated from their history and true value, the space we share, and positioning on the cosmic continuum. My intent is for my work to invoke a spirit of a re-memberance and resurrection for the purpose of revival and restoration. My acrylic paintings and charcoal/graphite drawings are often infused with Alabama red clay and other local lore to serve as charging and homing agents. This is social recycling on a soul level.

I am a southern born visual artist. My early years were spent immersed in books, church, and nature. Through books and the natural world, I developed an insatiable desire to “know and express through the narrative as well as to employ a keen awareness of cosmic balance.” I am a graduate of Alabama A&M University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Graphic Design, an M. Ed in Art, and an M. F. A. from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. I also hold certifications from SCAD (Savanna College of Art & Design) and RISD (Rhode Island School of Design).
As an educator, I taught art from kindergarten to the university level. I am the creator of numerous murals and public works from Chicago to Colombia South America where I twice served as Art Ambassador and my work now resides in the Fernando Botero Library in San Cristobal. I have shown all over the United stated at venues such as Laxart in Los Angeles with Paul McCarthy and Jenny Hauser to New York Riverside Church alongside original works by Kehinde Wiley. I work primarily in acrylic paint, charcoal and graphite but often makes use of assemblage as homage to his southern, indigenous, and African roots. Currently I work out of my studio I call the C.H.U.R.C.H. (Come Help Us Restore Cosmic Harmony) located in a vintage church sanctuary in Huntsville, Alabama.

In my upbringing saddled with the binary history of the American south, he was faced with the peculiar positionality of the “Black body” and its usage in that history. “In my work, I contend with the duality, the double consciousness, of the “black body” and the mystery of dark matter, the most prevalent and least understood matter in the universe. Having been referred to as black gold, people of color in America were flattened into the monolith of projected nuances and chattel property, juxtaposed with the human experience of living while driven by an ancestral spiritual connection and survival.

I sometimes flatten the figure in black in historical parody and highlight the golden route that defines the figuration from within in a timeless, endless space. The traveling line represents a single coded map from my past to a future of my choosing rather than an imposed one. Each piece is part of an expedition into the essence of a people who were never fully separated from their history and true value, the space we share, and positioning on the cosmic continuum. My intent is for my work to invoke a spirit of a re-memberance and resurrection for the purpose of revival and restoration. My acrylic paintings and charcoal/graphite drawings are often infused with Alabama red clay and other local lore to serve as charging and homing agents. This is social recycling on a soul level.‘’

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