The visual content in my collage works resemble maps, locations and people. Inspired by a commission to paint an imaginary image of a documented young slave girl by the name of Priscilla, stolen from Africa and brought to America (1756) in a ship owned by Rhode Island merchants, my collage works explore memory and imagination that reflects Rhode Island’s unique and extensive historical relationship with the slave trade. Using typographical features of the state of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations (its official title), my collage works seek to capture a sense of memory, myths, folktales, beliefs, wonder and relief as I imagined was evoked in those Africans arriving after the long Atlantic journey.

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RISCA Fellowship