absence / assemblage





absence/assemblage is a culmination of works by June T. Sanders and I.


By blurring the line between subject and object, I examine how black people cultivate sense of self through acts of beautification and self-care — How they work in opposition to the way black people are represented in popular culture. I am painting for a population whose trauma is disproportionately ignored as a result of a complex system of stigma, people who carry the burden of traumatic and harmful experiences from childhood into adulthood and from generation to generation. The absence of bodies references the notion that black people are disposable and unvalued, while the confrontational scale and content of the work dispels this notion and works towards a disruption of social and political paradigms caused when black people practice the act of radical self-care.






Superior
20” x 48”
oil on canvas
2018
Superior is a part of Portland Community College permanent collection

1B
Kanekalon, Bamboo Earrings, Invisible Weaving Thread
Variable Dimensions
oil on canvas
2018


Secure (to Gabrielle Goodwin)
38” x 49”
2018
oil on canvas

10mm
6’x3’
oil on canvas
2018



Revive & Protect
6’x3’
oil on canvas

2018




INFO 


The blueprint.......The archive of an aesthetically resilient tradition is an act of love. My work is inspired by childhood, personal experience, beauty rituals, care, tradition, interpersonal relationships, intimacy, power, and identity.

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