ARTIST STATEMENT: As a Mixed media artist, my life has always been based on my spirituality and creativity. I have always had a yearning and passionate desire to create beautiful artwork. As a self-taught artist, I have been actively creating for many years. During my childhood, I practiced decorative sewing and applique works; which has expanded into elaborate quilted wall hangings. My native form of expression is a combination of African American and African symbols, themes and fabrics, which echo my own heritage and life experiences. I use exotic fabrics and paints as a medium to convey the importance of the linkage between African experiences on this planet that identify the consciousness of people of color today. My art is symbolic of my heritage and culture and allows me to express my individuality through collage, art journal and quilting.
When I am quilting and painting it is like a prayer and meditation time for me. It requires that I be still and quiet, and reflect on what I am working on. When I sew or paint, I am centered and at peace with myself, afterwards I feel balanced and refueled. I seek to express what I feel both emotionally and spiritually through my artwork. Painting fills me with a sense of accomplishment and integrity, and has proven the most amenable vehicle for translating inner vision to outer reality.
I believe we all start from a common base, which is at the origin of the creation of all these differences. That is why I use only primary colors in my artwork; I believe these are the origin of creation of all the other colors I like to make people feel, this through the sociology, psychology and spirituality of my creative process. I enjoy having one sense a choreography, a movement, so that one wonders if the art was prepared or improvised!
“I don’t know if I live for art or if I need art to live, but what I’m sure of is that it nourishes me, spiritual, physically and psychically.”
My inspiration and influences derive from my environment; everything I see, feel, hear, smell, taste and experience become the design. The bright colors and the movements of the many ethnic groups in the city inspire me. The rich cultures and tradition merging together are part of the city’s energy giving me a large sampling of images to choose from. Using fabrics and embellishments from Africa and the world I combine traditional fabrics to express visually the many stories of art I have not yet creative.
I want to pay my respects to the colors of my ancestors and use the fabric to tell my story. The symbols, there meaning and colors will document my version of the African Diaspora I want people to see the beauty in African fabrics and appreciate the fabric as an art form and know how I became a called African American.
My goal, with the most abstract form of visual representation, is to give the viewer a chance to make his or her own interpretation of what is on the canvas so the picture becomes whatever the mind can conceive. I like the challenge of creating art that can be viewed from a variety of perspectives.
Creating art has always inspired me art gives me a sense of joy, peace and courage an overall feeling of loving kindness some form of a prayer and meditation. It is my desire to offer the viewer, through my art an equally peaceful place upon which the can relax their eyes.