I'm a pro-Black, non-binary femme essayist, visual artist, and instructor.
My work is centered around concepts of speculation, phantasm, shadows, the not-quite-here, and so on. I consider what it means to try and escape a colonial reality that constantly puts our bodies in close proximity to impossibility, to death. I consider what it looks like to build another world where our existence is in the very least different.
In my visual arts (printmaking and illustrations, mostly), I create works that are obscure, in one way or another. I offer visual demonstrations of how I conceptualize an other realm for myself, either by showing what I have seen, as is the case with Who Is She?, or how it has altered my way of thinking, as with From My Experience.
In my teaching, I encourage students to venture out of what they have considered “normal” when they are creating their own texts, written or otherwise. These worlds that we engulf ourselves within teach us how we think; they imbue our ideas. It’s important to break down and articulate where these ideas are coming from and who are they serving. To do this, we may have to break out of preconceived notions of creation (or composition, if you prefer) and enter into something new. We must be rule-breakers. My pedagogical commitments extend from my belief that students (as one myself) understand conceptual categories when they (we) are exposed to a variety of creative and intellectual mediums; therefore, I practice and encourage multimodal and multi-disciplinary work.
My scholarship is rooted in Black studies, in particular Black feminism, although my study will have divergent aims towards other fields–– such as queer studies and occult studies –– that acknowledge the possibility and actuality of obscure, phantasmal worlds that are outside of the dominant, colonial conception of material realities. I look specifically at works on speculations, mostly within the last two decades. In the way Black speculative arts repurpose, re-tell, re-explain centuries of the same anti-Black violence, they are at once exposing the limits of this violent cycle while also showing what is after or under this cycle through speculating an alternative existence. In other words, Black literary and visual arts expose these violent colonial material realities while moving towards practices of speculation, surrealism, and experimentation of alternative realities.
With my projects I ask:
How is this work or how can I be curious about alternative logics of being that cultivate time/space/place continuums that are alternative to (or even opposes) our “real world” continuum?
Because of these alternative logics, what is made possible/what can be found in this world that is not possible/not found in our current reality?
I’m open to collaborating with other artists, researchers, organizations, etc., 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!