My work revolves around narratives that reflect nostalgia and black culture using symbolism, iconography, and color. The titles of my work are based on colloquialisms that provide clues and act as inside jokes for those in the know. By highlighting iconography and reclaiming past stereotypes and tropes the work's underlying messages challenge monolithic notions of "blackness".
Now that the academic rhetoric is out of the way time to share a little bit about myself, a human-being, visual storyteller, cultural critic, etc, etc, etc. I am a lover and supporter of the arts who uses creativity as a superpower. About five years ago, I coined the phrase "Dandy Fresh" to coincide with a three-year art project. Now, my life has become dandy fresh, a movement centered around style, perspective, and purpose. Born and raised in Texas but somehow void of a country drawl, I still resort back to my southern roots for inspiration when creating art. I'm a fan of traveling, just not a fan of flying, its the turbulence, however, I am learning how to deep breathe through the shaking. I love to eat and eat to live, after converting to a plant-based lifestyle I now see food as both medicine and energy. In addition to being an artist, I'm a collector of vintage bikes, jazz records, and an avid reader of all things interesting, cool, and strange. As a reminder of the gift I've been given on my forearm is a tattoo that reads, draw from inspiration, paint with purpose, faith is my canvas. In the words of De La Soul it's just me, myself, and I, the end.
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