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 abjection, mourning, dislocation, and the black body in relation to the natural world. I often use antiquated audio/visual technologies (VHS, 16mm film, slide film, cassette tape recordings) to create texture and interrogate nostalgia. I am also interested in the ways that the traditions of black utterance create space for emotional depth, code making (and breaking), and humor.