This ongoing project is a response to the nuances of Black identity in America. There is a desire to commodify and quantify Blackness using a lens that often includes disproportionately negative stereotypical tropes. Blackness is truly amorphous and there are many definitions of what it means to be Black in this country and beyond it.
Through a series of portrait based collages I seek to explore Blackness and defy the gaze used to view and/or appropriate Black culture. This gaze vacillates between a ferocious consumption of Blackness and an effort to shrink it so that it may be contained.
*This project was executed in part with support from the Regional Arts Commission