My work is autobiographical, stems from my position as a black woman marking space, and responds to the travails of my ancestors. I have a multidisciplinary visual art practice based on an interpretive exhibit design and architecture career spanning more than three decades. I tell stories using quotidian objects such as felt-lined bulletin boards, clothing, hair, handmade paper, timecards, and text.

My work addresses several internal queries arising from my plight as a black woman in America: What does it mean to be invisible? How does the designation of invisibility affect my identity and sense of self? My background encompasses the critical examination of visual culture. As an artist, I record, interpret, and make aware the complexities in which humans exist and affect their social surroundings.

As an architect and designer, I creatively solved problems related to the structural systems within virtual and built environments. My visual art making practice is a combination of past professional disciplines, present lived experiences, and the cache of contemporary and historic research accumulated.

My initial and ongoing project—The Burden of Invisibility—is the physical manifestation of my evolution from designer to visual artist, as well as a reaction to the world around me. This work also investigates how black women see, don’t see, value, or devalue themselves in visual culture, and how these attitudes affect their sense of agency in constructing their own imagery or endeavors to mark space.

My artwork is also grounded in the belief that studying visual culture elicits transformation. As an emerging cultural producer with a socially conscious practice, my goal is to engage audiences who may benefit from the ways visual culture incites the imagination to see the world differently and eventually empowers and provides them the agency to creatively contribute to it.

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