I'm pro-Black and non-binary. My pronouns are she/her, but I don't necessarily identify as a woman, or any gender for that matter. Blackness affirms my being, tho. The ways others articulate Blackness, perform it, theorize it, make it a kaleidoscopic culture and consciousness. I find myself in conversation with the ways people think about their idea of Blackness.
My work is centered around concepts of speculation, phantasm, shadows, the not-quite-here, surrealism, horror, and so on. I'm interested in Black arts use obscurity and distort reality. These distortions reveal moments of contention between colonial, capitalist, anti-Black limitations placed on Black people in the materials worlds and the ecstatic practices by Black communities and peoples, myself included, to transcends those limitations, and thereby, queering (what is commonly thought of as) reality.
My writings are usually of visual and literary analyses. I find my style to be less critical or argumentative and more curious and responsive. When reviewing another's work, I often think about how they articulate the shadows 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. I think about how they let us know that we are surrounded by unknowns.
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 a forever-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 has 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 study the ways contemporary Black speculative and surreal 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 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!