For the past five years I have been an Artist-in-Residence in mostly isolated, immersive environments. The works presented here illustrate the significant and on-going shift in my practice that this experience has brought about. The generative systems that drove my earlier work have begun to give way to a more intuitive and color driven approach to making imagery. My interest in patterns of organic growth and decay has remained, but the strict set of instructions I had followed has eroded. This new work is still formal and abstract, but based in simple forms and complex color strategies. These new paintings straddle a line between intention and response – constantly being nudged into unfamiliar territory by small discoveries made along the way.
Through my work, I use the rich African tradition of storytelling through fabric work telling stories of connecting the African Diaspora/African American to traditional African heritage specifically through Indigo Dying. As an African American, growing up not knowing my heritage I felt a sense of loss of where exactly my ancestors came from, what their traditions and heritage are. As I learned indigo dying from a master artist I started to feel more of a connection to my heritage and culture as if it was my ancestors passing this tradition down to me through indigo hand dying. I tell these stories of Blackness, Connection, and Search through my work.