As a member and Archivist of Black Artists of DC (BADC), I interact with experienced artists from many fields and I am exposed to new techniques. BADC members, James and Audrey Brown, introduced me to textile arts, the wonders of Japanese shibori and silk. My creative juices always flow when I acquire new information and new artistic skills. My silk works in Common Bond, Mixed Media Reflections, and the Stars Textile Arts Exhibition were a result of this new knowledge.
My work is often hard edged because I like images to be well defined. None of my work is sketched or preplanned. I may appear to simply start but only because I have been jarred out of the day-to-day world by an intriguing idea. For me, light and color create an intimate dance.
I am influenced by the senses, all of them. A good meal can inspire as well as a fine sculpture or a fabric's weave. Touch, sight, sound, taste and smell all reach me and stir my imagination. I believe art should stir the senses, delight the eye and intrigue the mind. I follow the spirit of Sankofa, reaching back into the past to find a memory, bring it forward to inform my art and make it new. I am fascinated by masks and their place in traditional cultures as well as the "masks" we wear everyday in our modern world. With the aid of the computer, I produced a series of original masks. My masks represent a pantheon of gods and goddesses both benevolent and sinister. They are influenced by my travels to Africa, Asia, South America, the Caribbean, the Middle East, and the American west.
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