ARTIST STATEMENT 

My practice oscillates between figuration and abstraction, and across painting, drawing, collage, sculpture, and installation. Each mixed-media expression parallels my fragmented existence living between my home in Kingston, Jamaica, and the United States.

I ​create images of Black life that reject the distortion, misrepresentation, and erasure of Black history typically centered on degradation and suffering. I embrace light, color, and non-traditional materials to create opportunities for witnessing, not occupying, scenes of Black life in its splendor and ordinariness. ​Rooted in my ​Monolith​ assemblages of post-consumption waste, my latest works depict metallic-skinned subjects in scenes from family albums, archives, and social media.

As I consider the Black body as both vessel and substance, each intimate yet quasi-anonymous ​metallic portrait complicates the concept of identity and skin color-as-race. ​They embody bling, shine, and glow to highlight the conspicuous consumption of Black bodies, resist erasure, and illuminate the duality of being coveted and discarded. In my world, Black skin is durable, weatherproof, conductive, magnetic, flexible, percussive, and indestructible. ​These ​lustrous ​figures offer unusual interactions with images of Blackness and invoke metaphors of the Black body that ​position skin as much more than an indicator of race.

ARTIST CV

EDUCATION

2018-2020 Stanford University, Stanford, CA - MFA Art Practice

2016-2018 University of Pennsylvania, PA - MSEd Independent School Teaching Residency

2011-2015 Davidson College, Davidson, NC - BA Studio Art 


EXHIBITIONS

2020 

Unbound: MFA Highlights, Stanford University, Stanford, CA

2019 

San Francisco Foundation Art Awards Exhibition, SOMArts Cultural Center, San Francisco, CA

Extra Ordinary, Embark Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Easy To Love: Annual First Year MFA Exhibition, Coulter Art Gallery, Stanford University, Stanford, CA

2018 

Annual Faculty Exhibition - Hutchins Gallery, Lawrenceville School, Lawrenceville, NJ

2015 

Solo Exhibition: “WHY FI DAT?!” Edward M. Smith Gallery, Davidson, NC

2014 

The 2014 Jamaica Biennial - The National Gallery of Jamaica, Kingston, Jamaica


AWARDS, GRANTS & RESIDENCIES

2020

Headlands Center for the Arts Graduate Fellowship Residency, Sausalito, CA

Kala Art Institute Honorary Artist In Residence, Berkeley, CA

Anita Squires Fowler Memorial Award in Photography, Stanford University, Stanford, CA

Headlands Center for the Arts Tournesol Award Finalist, Sausalito, CA

TOSA Studio Award Nominee, Minnesota Street Projects, CA

2019

Pauline Brown Fund for Advanced Research in American Art in New York City, NY, Stanford University, Stanford, CA

The Gordon F. Hampton Fellowship, Stanford University, Stanford, CA

Edwin Anthony & Adelaine Boudreaux Cadogan Scholarship, The San Francisco Foundation, San Francisco, CA

Pauline Brown Fund for Advanced Research in American Art in Venice, Italy, Stanford University, Stanford, CA

2018

The Gordon F. Hampton Fellowship, Stanford University, Stanford, CA

Honorary Member of the Class of 2018, The Lawrenceville School, Lawrenceville, NJ

2014

Friends of the Arts SPIKE! Grant, Davidson College, Davidson, NC

Dean Rusk International Studies Travel Grant in Prague, Czech Republic, Davidson College

Douglas Houchens Studio Art Award, Davidson College, Davidson, NC


PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2020 

Instructor of Record,  Mixed Media Drawing: Art & Aesthetics of Social Media, Stanford University Department of Art & Art History, Stanford, CA

Graduate Student Mentor to Undergraduate Art Honors Majors, Stanford University Department of Art & Art History, CA

2019

Teaching Assistant, Stanford University, Department of Art & Art History, Stanford, CA

Art Handler: Bryant Street Gallery, Palo Alto, CA

2018

Teaching Assistant, Stanford University, Department of Art & Art History, Stanford, CA

2016-18

Visual Art Instructor, The Lawrenceville School - Lawrenceville, NJ

2017

Visual Art Instructor, Lawrenceville School Summer Scholars - Lawrenceville, NJ

2015-16

Scenic Artist, Children’s Theater of Charlotte - Charlotte, NC

2015

Scenic Artist, Duke Family Performance Hall - Davidson College, NC

2012-2015

Graphic Designer, Dean Rusk International Studies Program, Davidson College, Davidson NC

2012 

London 2012 Olympics Graphic Designer, Digicel Sportsmax Ltd., Kingston, JA



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