Pronouns: she/her and they/their
VISUAL STORYTELLING STARTS WITH MAKING EVERYTHING IN THE IMAGE APPARENT, AS BEST AS I CAN, BY CENTERING THE PERSON OR OBJECT WITHIN A VERY VAST CONTEXT. I HAVE A LOT OF IMAGES OF PEOPLE WHERE THERE'S A LOT OF SPACE AROUND THEM. I TAKE A LOT OF PHOTOS OF MY FRIENDS AND FAMILY BECAUSE I LIKE TO CAPTURE THE INTIMACY AND LOVE THAT WE EXPERIENCE TOGETHER. I ALSO LIKE SEEING THE TRANSFORMATION BETWEEN IMAGES OF PEOPLE I KNOW OVER TIME. HYBRID IMAGES OF PEOPLE WITHIN MY FAMILY IS AN IDEA I'D LIKE TO GET INTO. IT SEEMS VERY CINEMATIC FOR ME BECAUSE IT WOULD BE THE FIRST TIME I REALLY SET UP A SHOT AS OPPOSED TO MY USUAL STYLE OF CAPTURING A MOMENT. I WANT TO MAKE AND BUILD A PHOTO, IT'S LIKE A DIFFERENT LEVEL OF INTENTIONALITY."
I was born in Baltimore, MD and grew up in a town called Columbia. It was the containment of the bubble-like community that pushed me to move to Chicago. All of my family, except for my mom and uncle, live in the city so I knew Bmore was not a place where I could learn to be independent outside of the help and love from my family. But, I did not realize that until I came to Chicago with my Dad to visit his best friend. Seven years ago I decided I wanted to go to school here.
What captivates you about photography and why do you continue to use it in your art?
"I think and see within the lens of a camera. I feel like just walking around I create my own little film. So, when I started taking photos I realized I could take these images of folks and spaces with me. Honestly, what i love about photography is that it directly relates to film and cinematography to me. It helps me become a better filmmaker so I know I'll always be taking photos."
What other ways do you express yourself artistically?
"Performance art and video are new to me but I feel as though it has helped me with self-love and realizing my own god-energy within. It's helped me realize that vulnerability is the beginning of creation and I'm so grateful for the experience I had in my first performance."
Who are some artists (of any discipline) that inspire your work?
Folks that inspire my work would definitely be my grandmother, Ruby Glover, Carrie Mae Weems, James Baldwin, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Lorna Simpson.
"I'D LIKE FOLKS TO [SEE] THE BEAUTY THAT HAPPENS WHEN CAPTURING THE INTIMACIES, DISTANCES AND LOVE WHEN VULNERABILITY IS PRESENT. VULNERABILITY AS A MEANS OF CREATING SOMETHING LOVING AND NURTURING WITHIN THE SELF.”