I am a writer, artist, educator, curator, and doctoral candidate at the University of Washington (UW) in the English program. I study Black feminist speculative fiction and art through cultural studies readings. My work is centered around concepts of speculation, phantasm, shadows, the not-quite-here, surrealism, and horror.
My dissertation project asks if moments of distorted reality in Black works offer worlds that resist legibility and are moments when Black peoples are able to “marvel in [our] inventiveness,” as Hortense Spillers writes. I currently work to develop methodologies for reading Black literary and visual arts for how they offer other worlds that go beyond anti-Black material worlds. The Black consciousness that I suggest is represented by distorted representations of Black life can only make themselves more accessible and clearer through a destruction of the world(s) organized through neoliberal, anti-Black logics. Examining the archive of Black speculative works, where world destruction to build anew is paramount, affirms that Black life can be radically different in Black cultural producers' imaginations. Studying that difference can alter how we think about Black ontology in contemporary Black studies.
At UW, I teach first-year composition. I encourage students to venture out of what they have considered “normal” when they are creating their own texts-- written or otherwise. We must be rule-breakers. My pedagogical commitments extend from my belief that students understand conceptual categories when they are exposed to a variety of creative and intellectual mediums; therefore, I practice and encourage multimodal and multi-disciplinary work. Read more about my teaching style here.
My scholarship also influences my visual arts practices. I am a printmaker and digital illustration artist. To explore alternative world building, I create works where I manipulate and distort human and animal bodies, making bricolage beings. And I play with color and texture to make abstract shapes and patterns. I offer visual stories of how I conceptualize another realm for myself, either by showing what I have seen or how it has altered my way of thinking. Read more about my art practices here.
I produce cultural studies and art writings that are usually of visual and literary analyses. I find my style to be less critical, argumentative and more curious, responsive. When reviewing other's work, I often think about how they articulate the shadows and unknowns of their worlds and our worlds. I think about how their work might allow viewers to reconsider what they thought was real, secure, stable, or knowable. Read more about my writings here.
With all of my projects I ask:
How is this work, or how can I be, curious about alternative ways of being and knowing? And how can this alternative life be sustained in another world?
Because of these alternative ways of living, what is made possible/what can be found in this other world that is not possible/not found in our current reality?
I’m open to collaborating with other artists, writers, researchers, and collectives who feel like we have complementary goals and missions. After exploring my body of work throughout this site and you want to work together, hit me up!