Beyond the gloss of surface, my work examines personal truths as inverted forms of cultural markers. Growing up between a rural village in West Africa, and the capital of the United States; my writing and art-making is a way for me to navigate my diverse identities, and relate to a larger audience.
In order to explore questions of identity and place, I distort and elaborate my personal micro-memories within universal macro-narratives. This process manifests as large and small scale drawings and paintings, collage, elaborate books, experimental films, and installations. Multiple historical and geographic spaces meet in a variety of media; are layered and transposed.
Right now I am finishing up a multi-part film project, and documenting a life-long obsession with small-scale and intimate markings on cultural ephemera (post it notes, lotto tickets, old and precious books, sketchbooks layered with collage, image, and text). Initially begun as a working method suitable for small spaces and budgets; over the years the work has grown to encompass ongoing series in multiple formats that I now am turning into books, blogs, paintings and installations on a grander scale.This project is a sort of personal weltanshauung: an epic life on paper through my own particular micro-cosmos.
Impressions add up: all these little notes on paper, random bits: the decorated detritus of my life’s journey through places, ideas, and things. Half visual, half linguistic, and always demonstrating a strange and urgent need to recall the moment-of: to make my life real and poetic through archived annotation.