With double self-portraits, I portray an internal struggle and chart my subject’s ultimate triumph over herself. As an embodiment of the cultural landscape my subject inhabits, I build an initial history of marks. Stamping transparent vellum with letterpress and textile printing blocks, I create patterns, textures and colors. I gather my failed drawings. By tearing both apart and reassembling them in layers, I create a paper patchwork, the surface on which I draw.
As an embodiment of the cultural landscape and historical circumstance my subject inhabits, I hand-color, mark and stamp my paper, giving it a sense of history and cultural location. My materials: semi-transparent vellum, red glitter and blue enamel, define the visual character of this series. The title of the series "Dream Sequence" refers to the subject's peculiar activities and otherworldly imagery. These are my subject's dreams, daydreams, fantasies and diversions.
Addressing the history of Black hair as a barometer of social and personal consciousness, I make the image of hair both physical and conceptual, embodying the psychic proportions hair has in the lives of Black people. I invert the head. Through this disorientation, I signal a shift from the actual to the imagined, concrete realism to abstract thought. In both painting and drawing, I use the space of hair as a vehicle for infinite possibilities of becoming.