A young artist recently graduated from SUNY Purchase College in photography and art history. Interested in finding new and experimental ways of expressing feelings and thoughts that can be political or not. Has a love for many cultures, but focuses mainly on Africa and the diaspora, but also loves many other cultures, art forms, and lifestyles. My senior project, which won the Diaspora Studies award, focused on the art and religion of West Africa, mainly Benin, survived through the middle passage. Even though Western forces did almost eveything in their power to make these Africans forget their traditions and take up Western ones, their culture survived and is very strong in the Caribbean and parts of the U.S. My project also goes on to compare how different styles of art making/worship changed in the new locations, mainly focusing on Haiti.
Photography has always been a medium that I am drawn to. With my camera, I can capture instances of time and space, and choose my content by editing out, not piecing together. I do not find any medium mutually exclusive to one another; that is why I also work in painting, sculpture and performance. My muse is the everyday world caught off-guard by moments of excitement, stillness, and difference.
I am very involved in different types of art including sound, video, painting, sculpture, and collage. I try to submit art to as many local exhibitions as I can because staying involved with as many different places is one of the keys to getting your art out there.