Self Portrait as Judith with good hair and Bamboo Earings
This body of work represents an ongoing pursuit of authentic identity.Drawing from a bi-racial perspective, these images look for alternatives in stereotype and history.They work to interpret and champion the naïve and simple while attempting to control the complexities and power of an environment or situation.It is in a search for meaning and understanding of people and places, distant and past that these reconstructions exist. And it is in this other time and place that the simple things- tolerance, compassion and empathy are both miss-understood and worthy pursuits
Working with internet sourced images, historical and cultural documentation, black and white histories and stereotypes are challenged. Pattern and color play an important role in understanding both race and identity as constructed realities. Replacing skin color with pattern, the concept of race might visually understood as an idea.
By removing and repositioning these images from the context of their original sources, these figures are inserted into alternate realities and positioned into the script that I have crafted for them. It is in this space that I have identified control over the past and future.
In other worlds things are happening. In other worlds things are possibe. In other worlds I am not Other.