artist statement

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Since my childhood (I was born in 1975), I have paid attention to my family photographs and the photographs in my family’s record albums. Looking at these two sources throughout my childhood and youth, I came to understand that multiple systems collapse within a photograph and, because systems evolve and change over time, photography is a very flexible medium. In addition, the influence of my grandparents as seamstresses, shoemakers, and upholsters, and the influence of both my mother, an anthropologist, and my father, a history teacher, provided the grounds for my inquisitive mind as a creative critical art maker. 

Photography has always been the medium I wanted to “bend at my will” to create interdisciplinary critical artworks. However, I was first a ballet classic dancer, an actress, and a documentary maker. I only decided to formally pursue fine arts and photography in 2014, and in 2018 I graduated with Disciplinary Honors Bachelor of Fine Arts with a concentration in Photography at the University of North Carolina Greensboro.

In my art practice, I use photography to create interdisciplinary agentic objects. That is objects that have agency because they are created and used by a human for a specific means within certain social, political and cultural contexts. Intersecting disciplines, formats, and techniques, I intersect cultures and create new original artwork.

My artwork has also been supported by theoretical studies while taking Art History Graduate level classes at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. The classes I have taken served me to locate my practice with art history, connecting my work to dialogues initiated by Lorna Simpson, Carrie Mae Weems, Mario Cravo Neto, Cildo Meirelles, Rubem Valentim, Satch Hoyt, Okwui Okpokwasili, among others.