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Bone Dust Dance , 2014 43 3 / 4 ” by 22 ” by 49 ” by 22 ” Mixed media french doors series n n
Boukman ’ s Ghost , 2014 59 ” by 22 ” by 60 ” by 22 ” Multi media french doors series
When I visited Little Africa , a section of Paris filled with immigrants from Senegal , Cameroon , Congo , Mali , and other African countries formerly colonized by France , the irony of people leaving their homelands in pursuit of a lifestyle fueled by the raw materials , goods and cheap labor pilfered from their own country reverberated . Beneath the “ feel of the African marketplace lived an uneasiness . No pictures … one might be identified as an illegal . The question of “ colonial taxes ” demanded from “ former ” African colonies is ignored . I see these pieces as visual reference points for discourse , and many of the titles offer additional cultural or historical context .
Amalgamations of gestural strokes , cut papers and pencil drawing are collaged and woven into the jewel-colored images of Parisian doors adorned with syncopated layers of West African patterns and rhythmic repetitive marks . This work speaks to the “ rumblings beneath the beauty of Paris ,” a quote so aptly penned by Ta-Nehisi Coates .
I describe my creative process as Osirian , as both destruction and construction are utilized over the course of creating the work . I work across many media , allowing the subject matter to guide the type and use of materials . n