PLACE MAT (2016-present) is a conceptual self-portrait series where reclaimed materials, natural fabrics, and found objects are the foundation for drawing, painting, or hand-sewing. Many of the materials have touched my body in some way, such as old clothes, jewelry, or sheets. Studies on paper and recycled cardboard round out the series using visual motifs and expressive marks. My process is slow and relaxed representing how I pass my time alone: recouping, regrouping, and otherwise expressing emotion.
PLACE refers to the self and the personal identity I hold from my present circumstances in suburban America. MAT refers to the foundation of that identity which includes my African American heritage. The foundation of American society, often wasteful and messy, is represented in the act of repurposing found materials.
A typical place mat is a cloth that marks your seat at the table and, in this vein, I am marking my place in the world via personal artistic expression. Mats and cloths used in the Kwanzaa tradition are placed over a table to hold the items which build up the holiday. With this notion, my textile art has the potential for function and purpose beyond aesthetic.
Tarrant County Community College Library, Fort Worth, TX
12 Freedoms Gained Juneteenth Exhibition June 2018
Second Place winner in Fiber Arts Category
Zosima Gallery, Arlington, TX
Vexillology Exhibition June-August 2018
Dallas Contemporary, Dallas, TX
Artist Workshop March 6th 2019
Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas, TX
Artist Workshop March 24th 2019
THIS IS HOW IT STARTS…
An extension of PLACE MAT comes in the form of a soft-page book series featuring text and abstract artwork bound in a recycled leather cover. These journals, or spellbooks, provide a literal chronology of my life experiences related to the arts, academia, and human relationships with themes of ‘bad’ feminism and racial tension running throughout. Cloth pages are printed with emails, letters, social media posts, articles, and reports that document my frustration, elation, sadness, or hopefulness in pursuit of life goals.