The theme of my current work is the celebration of the Black experience through its historic symbols; cotton, roses and the African and African American image. The small cloth bags (Heirloom Bags), adorning many of the paintings are placed there to hold the spiritual and physical memories of the ancestor. The bags contain: seeds, money, crystals, hair, prayer cloths and more. Growing up in the South, I remember how Southern Matriarchs adorned in tailored white dresses and glowing ebony skin, simply by standing in a doorway, could exude a presence that would completely envelope the room. They celebrated the luxury of being- Black, Southern, and eternal icons. It is this respectability of the human figure, residing in a holy moment that I wish to engage the viewer.
As I continue on my present journey, I will always give homage to those people and experience that brought me here. All the things that I remember about my past, cultivate, clarify and define my now.
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