b. 1979 Middletown, CT USA
I’m a Black queer artist and educator born in Middletown, CT, raised in various parts of New England and reared as a working artist in Philadelphia, PA where I got my degree in Film and Media Arts from Temple University. I currently live Olympia, WA where I teach video and performance art at one of the only experimental, public, liberal arts colleges in the nation, The Evergreen State College. My work has been exhibited at Anthology Film Archive, The Wing Luke Museum, MiX Experimental Film Festival, Ann Arbor Film Festival, National Queer Arts Festival, Judson Memorial Church and the Stella Elkins Tyler Gallery. In 2017 I was an artist in residence at The Millay Colony, and a fellowship recipient at the Vermont Studio Center.
I use performance, video, photo and text to explore conditions of othered-ness and to celebrate bodies that move/breathe/sing/play where they are not supposed to belong. I am embedded in (and indebted to) traditions of black utterance and knowledge production. I speak in codes. I hide in plain sight as a body that’s simultaneously hyper-visible and impossible to see. In my most recent work I’ve considered the “natural” world as a site and cypher, staging encounters between the unruly specter of my body and the land and landscapes that simultaneously alienate and soothe me. I treat water, dirt and sky as archives of historically situated meaning and contradiction. I embrace an aesthetic and politics of intimacy, using the vulnerability of my body, voice and emphatically poetic gestures to signal that it’s ok to, you know, really feel it.