Ascribing Importance in Fleeting Matter takes place in Little Haiti on a street just outside my grandmother's home. I am barefoot in a black dress carrying buckets of water. I throw this water out in the street to claim the wet pavement as sacred space. Here I offer a broken rose to someone, or something lost.
I am questioning how we ascribe importance and how it can be so easily undermined. This work is my way of teasing out my interpretations and feelings about the perpetual loss of black and brown bodies and the public's varied response.
Full Duration: 17:22, (excerpt 3:57)
Brooklyn, NY, (Green-Wood Cemetery) 2016
This project was made possible by the Franklin Furnace Fund.
Incessant begins with an invitation for a dance. I collapse upon this invitation and consistently my limp body slips out of the hands and arms of the people who attempt to get me up for a dance. They each await their turns and soon their goals change. After every attempt, faliure, and compromise I walk away. Everyone standing collapses.
Brooklyn, NY, 2014
Black Bag is a performance where I am breaking out of a garbage bag on a corner in FortGreene. I am interested in being both visible and invisible at a time where there is much discussion around the value of black bodies.
Brooklyn, NY, 2015
Brute was an experimentation with race, role-play, and reaction. This was inspired by recent footage and incidents shown of police abusing their authority.
Feed it, or Feed yourself (excerpt)
Brooklyn, NY, (Artist as Provocateur Exhibition, Pratt Institute)
Feed it, or Feed Yourself, is a performance where I am sitting next to a cake and timer set to 60 minutes. The sign behind me states "Feed it, or Feed Yourself". The audience is implicated by this choice they are being presented regardless of their participation. I relate this work to my search and need for a solution to racial injustice.