My artwork is African and rooted in New Orleans culture before Hurricane Katrina - a violent, musical, spiritual culture, that is aesthetically pleasing, yet at the same time dangerous. I grew up in the French Quarters surrounded by art and my father, an artist, exposed me to images of Jean-Michel Basquiat’s wild paintings. I would stare and stare at Basquiat’s work and fall deeply into my own imagination. I began creating art in 2014, right before I got spinal surgery as a way to escape my body.
As a predominately self-taught painter, color theory guides my decisions, since I strive to elicit emotional responses based on color: black for darkness and rage, and white for the abyss of nothingness. My art has an underlying story with multiple meanings that provokes the viewer to blur the lines between humanity and our concept of reality, trauma, and race. A lot of my pieces encompass movement as if the figure(s) are floating in and out of different realms of time. I do not want to create safe paintings; I want to create paintings that cause you to be consumed in contemplation.
I am a student at the Art Students League of New York studying Fine Arts Painting.