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WORKS ON CANVAS
Large mixed media paintings on canvas tackle issues of race, culture, ethnicity, family, heritage, and ancestry through narrative, often intersecting hidden and deeper meanings of my life’s narrative. They explore my Southern African American relationship with family and friends and aimed to find connections between home – the place where I began – and the world of experiences, encounters, and emotions that have come to define myself.Starting a few years ago with voice and video narratives, “Memory” is the central theme of my work, revealing much in the way of history, local culture, heritage, folktales, and religious beliefs that have direct bearing and influence on my upbringing, present views and outlook.The paintings display distinct layering of multiple images extracted from household designs, prints, and patterns found on kitchen walls, living room carpets, curtains, blankets, quilts, tablecloths, throw covers, furniture, tile and wooden floors, and other items that are subsequently transferred in various ways to canvas.

I am very curious about these everyday decorative items as they represent a variety of emotions and memories for those who own them. Because they often hold fascinating personal, social, and cultural content I began to see this material environment as a reflection of a much larger, and often subconscious, need for self-definition.

 Home Ian, Acrylic paint and acrylic ink, paint markers, upholstery fabric on fabric on canvas, 87h x 67w, 2013.
 Home JON AND MEL, Acrylic paint and acrylic ink, paint markers, fabric on canvas, 84h x90w, 2013.
 Home MORNING, SELF-PORTRAIT Acrylic paint and acrylic , paint markers, fabric, Lace on canvas, 82h x 86w, 2013.
 Home BLUE, Acrylic paint and acrylic ink, and gold paint, paint markers on canvas, 87h x 67w, 2013.
 Home COUPLE, Acrylic paint, acrylic ink, paint markers, rhinestones, fabric on canvas, 68Hx77w, 2014
 Home MY BROTHER, Acrylic paint and ink, paint markers, fabric on canvas, 87h x 67w, 2013
 Home JASON, Acrylic paint, acrylic ink, photo gel transfer on canvas, 87h x 67w , 2014
 Home VENUS, Acrylic paint, acrylic ink, paint markers, fabric, rhinestones, photo gel transfer on canvas, 85h x 87w, 2013
 Home ELIZABETH, Acrylic paint, acrylic ink, paint markers, rhinestones, ink jet prints on canvas, 87h x 67w, 2013
 Home JULIAN, Acrylic paint and ink, paint markers, fabric, photo gel transfer on canvas, 87h x 67w, 2013
 Home ERIC, Acrylic paint, acrylic ink, paint marker, fabric on canvas, 87h x 67w, 2014
 Home BACKYARD, Acrylic and ink paint, oil paint, paint marker, paper on canvas, 82"h x 91"w, 2014
 Home MARGARET, Acrylic paint, paint markers, fabric, oil paint and paper on canvas, 87"h x 67"w, 2014
 Home BACKYARD, Acrylic paint and ink, oil paint, paint marker, and paper on canvas, 82"h x 91"w, 2014
 Home MARGARET, Acrylic paint, paint markers, fabric, oil paint and paper on canvas, 87"h x 67"w, 2014

 

 

FROM WHERE WE COME – A COMMUNITY INSTALLATION

Individually sewn figures produced in sewing circles conducted in communities around the US reflect improvisational element of African American life and lifestyles. Black and white “faces” are sewn or transferred onto the heads of figures made from cotton fabric. Figures are detailed with beads, coins, nails, pins, hair, fabric and other material.Masonite, hard board, metal cooking utensils and bake ware are used as “frames” and constructed to build the boundaries of pictorial space. Figures are glued, nailed, or pinned inside these framed spaces.

 Home Miss Bling, 21x18 2012
 Home Untitled 28x24, 2011
 Home She Wanted His Heart 24x22 2011
 Home Untitled, 21x17, 2012
 Home Pepper Puree, 23x18, 2012
 Home Baker's Secret, 28x22 2012
 Home The 9th Jewel 28x23, 2012
 Home Whip Until Smooth, 36x24 2012
 Home Sweet Gum Daddy 36x24, 2012
 Home Margareen, 18x15, 2012
 Home Mr. thick and Rich, 20x17, 2012
 Home Dry Pudding Dance, 18x15, 2012
 Home Postulate, 24x18, 2012
 Home Chicken Wing Bone Apron Dance, 22x18, 2012
 Home Sugar Man, 21x17, 2012
 Home Baker's Choice, 21x13, 2012
 Home Flap Jack, 22x18, 2012
 Home Turkey Boner, 22x18, 2012
 Home Serve Plain, 18x14, 2012
 Home Poached and Ready, 18x14, 2012
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