My paintings and sculptures are part of my larger desire to help people become aware of their identities and their surroundings as fully as possible.
“Identity” is how we perceive, regard and express ourselves, an enduring and continuous sense of who we are. I use the plural “identities” to emphasize that our identity is fluid and shifts throughout our lives, including how we aspire to be.
For those of us living far from our places of origin, creating colorful expressions of art can help preserve our personal and cultural identities, while maintaining a bond to the lives we knew. It also lets us explore, decide, declare, express, experience and question ideas about our identities over time.
I understand my praxis as multidisciplinary. I love to try new materials and new ways of making art to elicit a response, to cause a reaction, and to create a resilient and transformative narrative about self, place, and race while embracing joy and a sense of hope.
After SUNY Ulster I plan to:
Transfer to a 4-year college to obtain a BFA, and an MFA after that.