CHICAGO ART DEPARTMENT RESIDENCY 2018/2019
Throughout my life I have been interested in the routes taken as we discover our identity. I am curious about the factors that contribute to our growth and the experiences that impact our ability to become our truest selves. This interest stems partially from my personal experience as a bi-racial, queer woman, growing up within marginalized communities.
The core focus of my residency is Gender Visibility. In the current state of our world, where Transgender, Non-Binary, Non-Gender individuals are in a constant fight for human rights and recognition, I felt compelled to create work that went beyond gender. Over the past 8 months, I conducted interviews with individuals of various identities and gathered research from articles, books, alongside documentaries specific to the struggles within LGBTQ Communities of Color.
During the development of this body of work, I explored new mediums. As time progressed I felt the need to expand the process of my usual 2D practice to fully capture the complexities of the stories shared. Glass is used in the majority of the work as I found the process of cutting glass, then piecing it together reminded me of the stories shared in the interviews. Varied pieces contributing to a final, hopeful clear outcome.
My art career has been inspired by experiences in my life and the lives of others. Historic and current events can be seen throughout the work I create. Sharing stories of our journeys to create dialogues between cultures, generations and communities, is what sparks change and growth.
PODCASTS, ARTICLES, DOCUMENTARIES