How does your Blackness shape and inform your creative vision?
My Blackness is shaped through the Power of Ancestor and knowledge that comes from knowing who I am. My environment doesn't hinder my ability to succeed in my passionate desires. Knowing where I come from allows me to access and research my history and others' history through unlearning and self-education. When I find something from a culture that inspires me, it triggers a chain reaction that leads me to understand how everything is connected — sparking my creative vision for Oneness.
In what way do you use your art for activism?
I've used my art and opportunities to draw attention to the minimal representation of artists of color in museums and galleries. I empower my community through my platform by addressing issues in youth education access, income inequality in the arts, and financial literacy in business. Most recently, I've had the opportunity to partner with the ACLU to spread a message for voters' rights and the importance of local politics and those responsible for our communities' upkeep.
What do you hope viewers get out of your work?
My hope is for people to unlearn what they've been taught, to do the work of the inner and outer self, and receive the intergenerational messages of Love, Peace, & Happiness. To be fully self-expressed and non-conforming, I believe, is the true nature of an Artist.